Survey Shows Widespread Skepticism of Flu Shot Despite Doctor Recommendations

Kenny Tucker
October 21, 2018

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The flu vaccine is a preventive measure for people with other chronic illnesses, such as cardiac, diabetes and lung diseases. "So, we encourage everybody, every year, to get their flu vaccine". None of the children who died in the state had received flu vaccinations.

As a result, the RCPI's faculties of occupational medicine, pathology, and public health medicine, have said that they endorse the introduction of mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination for certain categories of healthcare workers.

Out of nearly 890,000 people eligible, 330,000 did not not get their flu vaccine in 2017. The consensus among medical professionals is that the flu shot is safe and is the most effective tool we have in preventing the flu. He assured us that you can not get the flu from the flu shot. However, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases states that "vaccination rates on college campuses hover around 8-39%".

In addition to getting the vaccine, the Department of Health and Wellness says practising proper hygiene is important.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield.

"With the regular flu shot- which most of us are familiar with- it's not a live virus sort of situation".

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Luckily for Temple Owls, the University is offering a free flu shot clinic this month in the Student Center Underground.

The flu vaccine is available for free to Ontario residents over 6-months old. Pregnant women should be vaccinated, as they are at higher risk of complications, and the transfer of antibodies to the fetus helps protect them as infants. With vaccination numbers, this low, herd immunity is impossible as unvaccinated individuals are not only putting themselves at risk but their community too.

Not sure where to get a flu shot? Exercise and other activities help relieve stress by providing an outlet for it. That includes your regular germ-avoiding tactics, like washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying away from other sick people, says Urrutia.

The VA has also partnered with Walgreens to provide flu shots to enrolled veterans without filling out VA forms or carrying paper records.

Flu clinics are also set from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. November 1 at Ceres Unified School District, at 2503 Lawrence St.

In Collingwood, you can get the flu shot at your doctor's office, from a nurse practitioner, and at any local pharmacy (children five years or older). Wagener has daily appointments available.

Until that universal vaccine comes out, Fauci says you need to get a flu shot every year.

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