Health department holding walk-in clinic for flu shots

In Massachusetts 250 to 1,100 people die each year from the flu according to the state Department of Public Health

In Massachusetts 250 to 1,100 people die each year from the flu according to the state Department of Public Health

White Hall resident Lee Samuels said he had never received a flu shot until the recent mass flu clinic sponsored by the Jefferson County Health Unit.

Local pharmacies and physician offices are offering the flu vaccination daily. For the 2018-2019 flu season, health officials remind health care workers that getting vaccinated from the flu can reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality among health care workers, reduce work absences, help protect patients.

Adults who are younger than 65 but have weakened immune systems sometimes ask for the higher-dose shot, she said. Making sure that vaccinations would be available for students over the course of several days in a central location on Grounds, while accepting more insurance policies would surely encourage students to get vaccinated. People with an egg allergy may be at an increased risk of a reaction since some flu vaccines are made using eggs. "Healthcare workers and caregivers are [not only] extra susceptible to the flu, but they are also highly likely to spread the flu to those they're around", Dr. Moore says. "So by immunizing yourself, you're protecting those at highest risk from complications of flu", Hilderman said. Furthermore, students are at an especially higher flu risk due to the shared living spaces and restrooms.

New data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that while influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel in the United States remained higher than the national average for 2017-2018, it still fell below target goals. In addition to the slightly unpredictable nature of this virus, it takes up to six months to create the vaccinations and ship them off to medical providers.

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Some people may say that getting your flu shot will result in the flu; baron had a comment on this as well. "A person could get sick from a virus strain that was not included in the vaccine but even then, influenza vaccine may provide partial protection and limit the illness and symptoms that you experience". For most children, the flu vaccine is not usually an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray.

One reason so many died is because the vaccines did not match the dominant flu strain and were only 40 percent effective.

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

It is holding four flu vaccine clinics this month at Sanford Southpointe Clinic on 32nd Avenue and 24th Street. That's the thing with influenza.

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