State and hospitals holding vaccination events as flu season starts

Frederick Owens
October 11, 2018

Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate. You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch it. "If you do not get the shot by the end of October, it is not too late to get it later in the year, you are just setting yourself up for the longest amount of protection by getting it early".

How does the vaccine work, exactly?

"You should do it for the babies and grandmothers who could get sick and die if they get the flu". "It is important to be prepared during this flu season, and we are dedicated to supporting our community by providing patients with these essential vaccinations and educating them on additional measures they can take to help reduce their risk of getting the flu". "Influenza is preventable and you should be vaccinated".

Which viruses am I protected against?

The Influenza vaccine takes approximately 2-4 weeks to build enough immunity in the body to protect someone against the flu virus.

Although flu experts knew it was a rough season past year, they had no idea how bad it actually was. Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game.

In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic.

An estimated 80 percent of children who die of the flu are unvaccinated, the CDC says, and vaccination can help reduce an infected child's risk of dying by 65 percent. Last year's flu vaccine received a lot of press over what many saw as a disappointingly low effectiveness rate.

"Cover your cough, and if you're sick, stay home", said Mansourian-Christakos.

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The flu epidemic impacts Nebraska every year.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your healthcare provider.

There is also a higher dose trivalet vaccine which protects against two A strains and one B strain that is available to individuals who are 65 years of age or older. People now have the option of getting the nasal spray vaccine this season instead of a needle.

The free flu vaccines are being offered to groups who are at particular risk of the virus.

He adds that it is hard to predict the type of influenza season we will see this year, but if it's anything like last year it will be milder.

Traditionally, most people have gotten flu vaccinations at doctors' offices or government health centers. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects. So remember, the next time you here the phrase, "The Shot Heard 'Round the World.", I want you to think of the flu shot! "We're able to get a bit of a head start on the prediction and we have that lead because they go through it before we do".

The seasonal flu vaccine is once again available free of charge to all Manitobans aged six months and older as the province announces the launch of the annual influenza immunization campaign.

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