Henrico Launches Free Flu Shot Clinics and Prepares for Public Health Emergencies

Oct 27, 2017, 00:25

In February, we reported that flu numbers were on the rise last season with more than 400 cases in the area according to the Brazos Valley Health Department. The registered nurse has learned that some people are more squeamish about getting the shot than others. Medical experts are now warning people who like to talk or text on the toilet that the habit may get you very sick at this time of the year. Hundreds of people poured into two locations for free flu shots, some had learned their lesson. But she acknowledges that it's human nature to be afraid of pain. "Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect you, your family, and the most vulnerable community members, such as those residing in long-term care facilities, from flu and its complications".

Organizers ask you to wear short sleeves.

Dr Clarke stressed: "The vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation".

Get the injection in your non-dominate arm.

The most common side effect is soreness where the injection was given.

You must be in the office to get your shot before 5:30 this evening.

Relax your arm and let it hang loose. "I hate needles", your spouse says. "In situations when there is an imperfect match to one virus, vaccination provides protection against other strains which may be circulating". To prevent muscle pain, consider taking an ibuprofen. If you can't wash your hands when you're out, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is generally mild and usually goes away after a day or two.

Li-Tall says it's typically the medicine going in that causes discomfort, not the needle itself. "The flu vaccine can not give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus and all those at risk should get vaccinated as soon as possible this year to make sure that they are protected", she added. While there has been some concern that this year's vaccine is not as effective due to the mutation of the virus, it will still protect against other strains and will decrease the severity of the illness for those who catch it.

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