Public Health Solutions offers tips on flu vaccines

Ben Davidson
September 22, 2018

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable", she said.

Health officials are already urging people to prepare for what could be another nasty flu season.

"We had a pretty tough year last year". The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, so it's fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, will be available during regular clinic hours, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, noon to 4:30pm. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles.

Furthermore, a National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) survey was conducted in October 2017 for college students 18 to 24 years old who were now attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

The reason you have to get a flu shot every year is that it protects you less and less as time goes on. This helps protect you and those around you - especially infants and people at high risk who can suffer complications from the flu.

Can you still get the flu after a flu shot?

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This year's trivalent vaccines will protect against the A/Michigan strain, a H1N1-like virus; A/Singapore, a H3N2-like virus; and B/Colorado (Victoria lineage), while the quadrivalent vaccine will also protect against the B/Phuket strain (Yamagata lineage).

"Among health adults, influenza vaccine can provide up to 90 per cent protection".

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older.

In coming weeks, the Health Department will be administering the vaccine to public school students around the state and offering it to the public at mass clinics at each of its local health units. "Flu vaccine doesn't come out until September, so we just received our (first) shipment".

Friday: Line Dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Legal Aid, 1 p.m.

High severity refers to high influenza-related hospitalization, high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for the disease.

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