Local health departments offering flu shots

Kenny Tucker
October 11, 2018

A group of city and county officials announced plans on Wednesday to fight back against the flu virus in San Diego during this flu season. For most healthy people it will usually clear up within a week, albeit a fairly unpleasant week.

To help older individuals avoid the flu, Penn Highlands Community Nurses are offering flu shot clinics at all Centers for Active Living and at the Houtzdale Family Service Center. "It's a little bit of a high level scientific predicting game", said Rattay.

Latasha Haynes was 34 when she nearly died of the flu a year ago. "And people unfortunately attribute that to the flu shot, when in fact they're not related", he said.

The vaccine is the best available protection against the flu. In the previous season, around 17,500 people received shots from Boynton, including about 9,000 students, according to data provided by Boynton.

Check with your physician, your county health department, or use the department's Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine.

"By vaccinating yourself, it will protect people who can can't get vaccinated by 'herd immunity, '" explained Dr. Neha Shah, an infection prevention specialist with Piedmont Newnan.

The flu is more risky for some people.

There are many factors that lower the immune system which are common on any college campus. "We go where they are and make it [available] at different locations where people can access it".

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available.

To the patients who say they contract influenza even when they are vaccinated, Dr. Jean Longtin answers this: the vaccine especially prevents the complications related to the flu.

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"It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said.

Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest.

Influenza (commonly called "the flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and it can cause mild to severe illness. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it. "It's unfathomably incorrect and it has no scientific plausibility".

People who have certain medical conditions.

Bhardwaj said pregnant women are five to 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from influenza than non-pregnant women.

Review the excused absence policy for the University, and keep in mind that illness-related absences can not be penalized.

Wash hands with soap and water to reduce the spread of germs.

"As long as I'm alive and kicking", he said, laughing.

That's not great, Johnson said, but it's better than nothing.

"Despite the circumstances, our staff did a fantastic job providing consistently excellent care for patients but it demonstrates the crucial role flu vaccination plays in helping the NHS to deal with winter pressures".

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