Harford Health Department offers flu shot clinics for school-aged children

Nov 01, 2017, 00:25

As we enter another flu season, it's time for the provincial government as well as public health and hospital officials to assume a greater leadership role in convincing hospital workers to be vaccinated.

It prevents the flu in about 60 per cent of healthy people when the strains of viruses it contains correspond to the strains circulating.

The Snohomish Health District has developed new resources for the community at http://www.snohd.org/flu.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that essentially everyone over 6-months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

It's true that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine fluctuates from year to year and that it's less effective than other vaccines because flu viruses rapidly evolve. Also, studies have shown that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy can protect the baby after birth for several months.

The cheaper vaccine was used, despite a stronger - but more expensive - dose being found to be more effective, especially amongst the elderly.

In addition to getting vaccinated, residents are encouraged to follow three simple rules: wash hands, cover coughs, and stay home if sick.

If you do not have one of the warning signs, please call your provider to see if you can make an in-person or virtual appointment, or consider a walk-in or urgent care clinic.

"Anyone can get the flu; however, some people are more susceptible to having very severe complications from the flu", said Tulsa Health Department spokesperson Leanne Stephens.

Jalbert advised that the flu is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications and hospitalization for vulnerable people.

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