Franklin Township: Free Flu Shots for All this Saturday

Ben Davidson
November 10, 2018

"Even though this flu season is now not predicted to be almost as harsh as it was a year ago, you should not put off getting your flu vaccine", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, DE recorded 9,041 flu cases, (including the above) the highest number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases since record keeping began in 2005, and 35 flu-related deaths. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. These people should get vaccinated because they are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications. "But just as importantly, we reduce the risk to our families, friends, and our communities by blocking the spread of the flu".

- As flu season heats up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans 6 months and older to get vaccinated. Most major pharmacies are providing the vaccines to all people age five and up. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. Kevin Legge, a U-I pathology professor, says they're working in stages and are trying to ideal a multi-year flu shot first. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it". That's why the CDC advises getting the shot in October. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester.

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The vaccine is also available to carers of older or disabled people, people with reduced immunity, those who are very overweight, residential care home residents and frontline health and social care staff.

Ott maintains the flu vaccine is indeed safe and has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946. Speak to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to determine which is best for you.

Wash your hands frequently.

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