To Your Health: Protect yourself; it’s nearly flu season

Alicia Farmer
October 7, 2018

"With the cost of healthcare increasing and with our desire to make this low-priced and affordable for students, we see this as an opportunity to serve the campus and community", said Heather Rich, coordinator of medical auditing and compliance.

USA health officials are trying to increase the rate of flu vaccinations this year after a severe outbreak last season killed a record number of children and led to spot shortages of antiviral medications like Tamiflu. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

The most recent flu season was particularly damaging in the United States, resulting in at least 160 pediatric deaths. "They're probably remembering the flu season past year", Davis said. "We will be going out to campus where we know the walk through traffic is going to be high so we can administer flu vaccinations to as many students as possible". Like previous years, there is a chance that this season's flu vaccine won't be 100 percent compatible with this season's virus. The vaccine for the 2018-2019 season is called Influenza Vaccine Flucelvax Quadrivalent. Recently, the CDC recommended people get their vaccines for the 2018-19 flu season by the end of October before the flu begins spreading in your community.

However, if you are unable to get the flu vaccine, there are some steps you can take to avoid the virus.

If you get the flu, the Health Department says stay home from work or school until you are free of fever for 24-hours.

Dr Will Hynds, chairman of Kernow Local Medical Committee, which represents and supports Global Positioning System in the county, said: "People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu - it is unpleasant at best and a potential killer at worst". "She [the dietitian] might have a couple of good recipes for when you are feeling down with the flu".

Flu vaccines are offered in most doctor's offices, clinics, health departments and pharmacies.

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"We [provide] education and hand hygiene stations in our clinic", Chavarria said. You won't get a full-blown bout of the flu after getting vaccinated, but you may experience mild versions of symptoms associated with the flu as your body builds its immune response. Nurses from PHHS will give the vaccine to walk-in patients.

"We have received our first confirmed test of influenza - and it's a type B influenza - in Lane County", said Lane County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis.

Dips in the thermostat mark the annual return of flu season.

"The best thing you can do is hand washing with good old soap and water", Davis said.

Lorraine Acevedo, local emergency response coordinator for Carter, Love, Jefferson, Johnston, Stephens, Pontotoc and Marshall Counties, said The Chickasaw Nation has provided the department with 5,000 doses of flu vaccine.

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