Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Local doctor stresses importance of flu shot

Where to get your flu shot in Richmond Richmond News Where to get your flu shot in Richmond Richmond News
Samantha Long | 02 November, 2018, 14:34

According to the CDC, almost 20,000 children are hospitalized due to flu-related illness every year. By its official end, 1772 people had been hospitalized and 82 adults had died as a result of their illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released some shocking numbers from last year's flu season. A flu vaccine is necessary each year because the vaccine provides protection for only one season. The vaccine match wasn't exactly where we would like it to be.

It's important to know that once the flu has been contracted, victims are most contagious in the first three to four days after illness begins, however, some may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and five days after becoming sick, according to the CDC. Everyone who is eligible should aim to have their vaccine by early December, before flu activity generally increases.

In terms of efficacy, it varies from year to year but, more importantly, it's better than nothing.

Although influenza activity is now low, influenza-related pediatric deaths have already been reported to the CDC, including one in New York City. They've made improvements in that vaccine so it's more effective in H1N1.

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The quadrivalent flu vaccine is a shot now being administered by North Florida Pharmacy and Winn-Dixie for anyone age 18 and older. But this simply isn't the case, and with less than half of the adult population in the USA getting vaccinated each flu season - which coincides with the holiday season and cold weather - there's a good chance you're going to get sick. "By investing in preventative measures like the flu shot, we can help save lives and reduce the strain on our system".

Stress takes a toll on the immune system, and managing stress well is a key way to keep your body strong while avoiding the flu, Healthy Women reports. That's important.Do you know why fewer people got flu shots a year ago?

Foster recommended getting your vaccine right away. If not for themselves, for the people around them. There are a lot of misconceptions. A full list of locations where flu vaccines are administered in this county is available online at clintonhealth.org. The other one is that people are anxious about autism.

It's safe. The flu shot is safe for people over the age of 6 months unless your doctor tells you it is not safe for you because of a medical condition.

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. The more people in a community or a population who get immunized, the more it slows down the spread of influenza. "We think that people do have a good amount of immunity against H3N2, which we've had for the last two seasons".

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