Health department holding walk-in clinic for flu shots

10 October, 2018, 16:24 | Author: Sue Riley
  • Flu season is right around the corner and Public Health Sudbury and Districts is advising Sudburians of all ages to get their flu shot

In Kansas, influenza was the direct cause of death for almost 200 people last winter, according to health officials.

Another flu-related death, that of an older Buncombe County resident, was reported this month by that county's medical director. "So, this year when children are going - any age over the age of six months - when a child goes to get a flu vaccine, the pediatricians are really going to stress the importance of the flu shot".

At the same time, the doctor said that the flu vaccine may not protect 100%."Regarding the effectiveness of these vaccines we want them to be more effective than it is now".

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.

People have several vaccine options to consider.

Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) protect against three flu viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B. You may also come across vaccines called "quadrivalent" vaccines which protect against an additional B virus. School children from reception class through to year five will get their vaccinations through their school. The lighthearted demonstration was accompanied by grim statistics from the 2017-18 flu season: 80,000 deaths overall, including 180 children.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby.

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Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, supported by Kent County Council, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses.

Receiving those vaccinations, health care officials say, is very important when fighting the flu.

Where, and how much The good news is many people don't have to pay anything. Nevertheless, it still offers the chance of being immunized against the flu, something that isn't offered to those who choose to not get vaccinated at all.

Health professionals recommend folks prepare for flu season before winter comes. For that reason, health care officials are asking everyone to get the vaccination early and help control the severity of the virus. Even though many believe that the flu vaccine is often ineffective and can, it is still the against the virus.

That suggests weather does not play as big a role in spreading the virus, as person-to-person contact.

"Each year in England around 20,000 children under the age of 5 are admitted to hospital with flu". "A person can be infected with the flu virus for as long as a week before they even exhibit symptoms".

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.



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