Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available

Alicia Farmer
September 21, 2018

The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it, and then touching their nose or mouth.

"You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community", the CDC suggests.

"Don't wait until everybody is sick to get your flu shot", she said.

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

Berg said the nasal spray, called FluMist, was previously approved, but the recommendation was removed two years ago when the CDC's vaccines advisory committee received some data that questioned the nasal spray's effectiveness against the H1N1 strand. Health department appointments are not yet available, but the McHenry County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis beginning in October.

Last year's flu season was one of the longest and deadliest on record.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among the agencies that recommends getting the seasonal flu shot as early as it's available, and that's good advice, said Dr. Sharon Reed with Bon Secours Ghent Medical Associates.

It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet.

Getting vaccinated can reduce flu-related illnesses, doctor's visits, missed school and work due to flu.

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Solano County Public Health urges everyone ages 6 months and older to get the flu shot. The study analyzed data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014 and found that "flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half, or 51 percent, among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds, 65 percent, among healthy children".

With the start of fall only four days away, it is time to start thinking about flu season.

Eiting pointed out the flu vaccine is meant to protect against respiratory flu, not gastrointestinal strains.

The vaccine takes about two weeks to go into effect.

"A live vaccine is going to have actual particles of the virus, but it has been reduced down to where it will not actually cause the flu", said Dr. Livingston.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older.

In other words, no later than the end of October. "We need to protect the elderly and the very young".

For the most current influenza surveillance information, the CDC regularly updates its FluView Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.

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