State health officials launch campaign to promote flu shots

10 October, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Denise Dawson
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Each year we also ask NHS staff to have the flu vaccination as an important part of protecting the vulnerable people we work with every day - even if you are fit and healthy, you can still be a carrier of the virus and in turn put the most vulnerable patients at risk. For more information about the flu vaccine, the cost associated with the flu vaccine, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call the Scotland County Health Department at 910-277-2440. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season.

You must be logged in to view this content. By the end of that flu season, the CDC estimated that the interim overall effectiveness of the flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 36%; this included 25% vaccination effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, 67% against H1N1, and 42% against influenza B viruses.

The flu season is just around the corner, and that's why Westminster College is hosting another clinic for vaccinations next week. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the USA ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

It was the most flu cases in a season since the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu pandemic. Unfortunately, this isn't true: No one is immune to the flu, so getting the shot is always your best bet towards being protected. Each year, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu.

Webb-Collins recommends paying the health unit a visit to discuss flu concerns with nurses who are available on a walk-in basis for anyone who may be skeptical. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been.

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The CDC recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the flu vaccination is available, and ideally by October.

By two weeks after vaccination, the body develops antibodies to protect against the viruses in the vaccine. This year a more effective vaccine is being given to those aged 65 and over, which is proven to give better protection against flu for people of this age. Some local pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (though not children) who may be at risk of flu.

This semester, 22-year-old geology major, Cody Dougherty-Wise, attended this event and received a free flu vaccine.

Health officials recommend that almost all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions.

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