Sanford Health holding flu vaccine clinics during October

Alicia Farmer
October 10, 2018

This is the highest death toll in decades.

"Last winter was a particularly bad year for flu, with a rise in the number of cases and hospitalisations". Of those who died, 42 percent were known to have been vaccinated, and 58 percent were either not vaccinated or had no documentation of flu vaccine, said to DHHS spokesman Cobey Culton. Most people who get influenza will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications as a result of the flu.

The University of Virginia Health System clearly encourages students to get a flu shot every year, specifically that, "For the best protection, get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available in your area". But for people in certain groups it is especially important to get immunised against flu as the impact can be more serious and lead to complications.

A free flu vaccination continues to be available to adults aged 65 years old and over, who are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu. Some local pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (though not children) who may be at risk of flu.

Knowing what puts you at risk can help you take the proper steps to prevent getting the flu. Influenza can potentially be a very serious illness and is highly contagious.

Getting back into the flu shot specifically, there's already plenty of skepticism surrounding this one form of vaccination alone. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell".

In addition to seasonal flu vaccinations, the Sioux Falls School District is asking parents/guardians to remind their children about basic prevention effort by practicing proper hygiene.

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Your immune system may be strong enough to protect you from experiencing flu symptoms, but what about your grandparents, your baby nephew, or your friend with a weakened immune system?

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated by the end of this month.

"Don't work when you're sick, don't expose people to influenza", Schleiss said. "Those who don't wash their hands often with soap and water, touch their eyes, nose and mouth, and don't clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs are more susceptible to the flu", Dr. Moore says. In total, 22.5 per cent of Manitobans registered with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living received the vaccine.

The vaccine can't protect against the flu 100%. "There are great benefits of the flu vaccination", added Ms. Freeman.

Symptoms include fever, muscle ache, fatigue and headaches.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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