Get flu shot now for best protection

Oct 13, 2017, 00:22

"Vaccination for those not insured through University is available at $20", said Megan Nichols, a nurse at the Health Services Office. "Usually just some local arm soreness that you could probably get from putting an empty needle in your arm and taking it out again".

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications for those with long-term health conditions like bronchitis, diabetes, heart or liver disease.

Interior Health also reminds the public that during the influenza season visitors who have not had a flu shot are required to wear a mask when visiting Interior Health hospitals, health centres and residential care facilities, including contracted facilities. "We expect flu activity to increase in coming months, which is why it's important to get vaccinated now". Almost 47 percent of Americans received a flu vaccine in 2016, and almost all of those vaccinations occurred early in the season.

The flu shot is free to Muskingum county residents and the Health Department encourages anyone who hasn't received the vaccine yet to take advantage of the upcoming clinics.

The Oct. 13 event helps the Lenowisco Health District exercise and evaluate the ability to administer vaccines or other medications in a drive-through format, while also providing free vaccines to the public and increasing influenza vaccination rates in Virginia.

Some stores like Target and Giant Eagle are also giving out a $5 coupon if you get a flu shot in the pharmacies within their stores.

The province is offering the flu shot to all Islanders for free this years.

For those over 65, it turns out you've got some options when it comes to these important vaccinations.

"If you are insured through the University with the SEBT health plan, you can receive the flu shot at no cost by presenting your insurance card".

The flu virus is spread easily via droplets which are sprayed into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

However, former WHO researcher, Dr Peter Collignon, told The Guardian the strain of vaccine used this year, A (H3N2), "basically didn't work and was zero per cent effective for those over 65" - a claim confirmed by the Public Health England figures.

According to the Mayo Clinic, over 3 million people in America catch the flu every year.

The vaccine contains an inactivated form of the flu and is not infectious.

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