Local health professionals encourage getting flu shots now

Alicia Farmer
November 9, 2017

For the first time, children in school year 4, along with children aged four and over in school years reception, 1, 2 and 3, can get their free flu vaccination, in the form of a nasal spray, in school.

Rhonda Sargent, manager at the Chase County Clinic, said there have been no confirmed influenza cases treated there.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most experts believe that flu viruses are spread mainly by tiny droplets from when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Of those cases in 2017, there were two deaths.

Dr Al Marzooqi said vaccination was considered to be the best and most effective medical intervention to protect against the flu.

She said the influenza (flu) vaccination was particularly recommended for pregnant women, patients with chronic diseases, the elderly and children under five years as they are more susceptible to complications from the infection. "Children can be super spreaders so getting them vaccinated not only protects them but also those around them".

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The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from September 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services.

Parents are being urged to check with schools and their Global Positioning System about vaccinations. Schools sessions will take place from October to the end of December.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's Windsor office. Less often, a person might get the flu when touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information. Stay home from work or school if you are ill. The local clinics have plenty of the flu shots on hand for pediatric age (six to 35 months), general (age three to 64) and high dose (65 and up). People who have had an allergic reaction to the flu shot should not have the vaccine.

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