Now is the best time to get your flu shot

Ben Davidson
October 6, 2018

Over 820,000 flu vaccines were given by NHS Wales a year ago.

"The numbers were so high previous year of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths across the county, there's a real push throughout the entire country - if not the world - to get vaccinated, wash your hands [and] stay home if you're sick", said Michael Heck, RN BSN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. "These are available on campus for students and staff and faculty".

It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like.

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

Other students have been getting the flu shots because of the convenience of having the health center on campus.

A century later, public health experts have simpler advice, made easier by the development of the flu vaccine. Otherwise, standard seasonal flu shots cost $25, and high-dose flu shots (an option for patients age 65 and older) cost $50.

Plum Landing believes the flu shot is important enough for seniors that they schedule a provider to come in each fall so that residents don't have to go out for the vaccine.

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The Cabell-Huntington Health Department hosted its first flu clinic on September 28.

As the weather begins to get a bit colder - flu season is set to return as well. "Based on the timing of the illness, the severity of the illness, and the student's health status, a specific medication to treat influenza can be prescribed. The recommendation is to contact instructors and professors to let them know of the diagnosis and the need to be out of class (until the fever is completely gone)".

The last flu season was particularly hard on otherwise healthy kids, Hellerstedt added.

"While CDC does not provide classification of flu severity until the end of a flu season, CDC releases weekly reports on key flu indicators during flu season, including the percentage of influenza-like illness visits to outpatient clinics, the rates of influenza-associated hospitalizations, and the percentage of deaths resulting from pneumonia or flu", Benson said. However, if an individual has the flu, they may infect others with it a day before they notice their symptoms themselves.

This is partly because as people age they do not produce as good an immune response to vaccination. Of those, only 34% had received a flu shot.

- Beat Flu (@beatflu) October 3, 2018 "Flu can be a life-threatening illnesss " Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, said: "Flu can be a life-threatening illness for people who are at risk due to their age, an underlying health problem, or because they are pregnant".

Or, for additional protection, you should consider the "quadrivalent flu vaccine" that protects against four types of influenza - the same three strains as the standard trivalent flu shot, plus an additional B-strain virus.

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