Bartow County Health Department official underscores importance of flu vaccine

Alicia Farmer
November 2, 2018

"The vaccine is available across the province to protect you and your family".

There are at least 17 pharmacies and health centers in Plattsburgh alone where residents can get vaccinated.

Does the flu shot cause the flu?

While the vaccine isn't flawless, it reduces the odds of getting sick or developing a serious complication if you do get the flu, Drevets said. Additionally, pregnant women and children younger than five years old are at higher risk of contracting the flu.

Dr. Doug Drevets, an infectious disease specialist at OU Medicine, said last season's flu caused an unusually high number of deaths. The flu vaccine is created with a deadened or weakened version of the virus that helps the body build antibodies to fight off the virus.

After receiving the shot, people can expect to experience arm soreness and even a few flu-like symptoms, both minor forms of discomfort compared to the trials and tribulations sure to accompany an actual flu diagnosis.

"Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season", said Cathy Green, nurse manager for the Bartow County Health Department. I'll give you some examples: If you're immunocompromised because, for instance, you take a medication that reduces your immune response to infections; if you are pregnant; you're older; you have a respiratory illness, particularly asthma or COPD; or you have kidney serious kidney disease.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said, "Each year the national expert immunisation group assesses worldwide evidence to determine the most effective flu vaccines available".

Wash your hands regularly in order to prevent flu from spreading
Wash your hands regularly in order to prevent flu from spreading

"Get your flu vaccine". Today's influenza testing has much better sensitivity than in years past.

In a 2011 University of MI study, scientists infected 17 healthy people with the flu virus and found that they all contracted the illness, but only half suffered from the symptoms.

CVS Pharmacy now advises patients to get their flu shots by having signs inside and outside of the store and asking patients if they have received their annual flu shot.

As cold and flu season gets in full swing, many people are prepping to avoid the virus by getting their flu shots. "The CDC doesn't want to confuse people more", he says. Newhouse highlighted a vaccine called Flu Zone High Dose which is tailored for seniors because it helps strengthen their immune systems.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said.

The flu season has not yet hit hard. In some seasons, there are two peaks of influenza outbreak activity; one during the latter part of the year; and, another just before spring. Wash your hands often throughout the day. You should cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing.

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