Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Health Department offering stronger flu shots

Health Department offering stronger flu shots

The state says common flu symptoms include fever, cough, body aches and fatigue.

For those who tend to get a little needle frantic, the CDC now says this year's nasal spray vaccine should be effective for this year's flu strain. District Health Department No. 4 and No. 2 have the flu vaccines available, but Myerson said many clinics, pharmacies, and other medical facilities have it and people should get vaccinated whereever it is most convenient to make sure they are safeguarded.

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months old and older get a flu vaccination.

"We had a pretty tough year last year". "Aside from protecting yourself, getting the flu shot protects your entire community; friends, family, coworkers, kids, and anyone who comes into contact with you". The study analyzed data from four flu seasons, from 2010 to 2014, and found that "flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half, or 51 percent, among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds, 65 percent, among healthy children".

The numbers are not entirely reflective of how many people were infected with the flu, Eiting said, as the department only tracked hospitalized cases in Auglaize County.

The VA immunizations available at Walgreens use quadrivalent flu vaccine.

MoHP-Health Centres/Clinics/Public Health assistant undersecretary Dr Hussain Abdulrahman Al Rand issued the reminder on Wednesday at the launch of the annual "Get the Vaccine, Not the Flu" national awareness campaign.

For more information about the flu vaccine and keeping the flu bug at bay, go to the Allina website.

Another important note, according to Pruitt, is that children age 8 and under may require two vaccinations at least one month apart to achieve immunity.

HealthWatch Home Health will be offering Flu Shots at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., on from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Thursday. It said getting the elderly vaccinated helps more than just the older population. More than 80 percent of doses are created to protect against four flu strains.

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable", she said. "Flu shot doesn't typically wear off", said Dr. Devin Minior.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match now circulating viruses.

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