MCKELVEY: Make the U.Va. flu clinic more accessible

MCKELVEY: Make the U.Va. flu clinic more accessible

MCKELVEY: Make the U.Va. flu clinic more accessible

Tammy Owens with the Knox County Health Department said it's very important for everyone, children, adults and seniors, to get their flu shots.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths previous year, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives. Wooten advised all residents last month to get the vaccine, which protects against multiple flu strains and takes about two weeks to take effect.

You must be logged in to view this content. You can not get the flu from the flu shot, and we say this over and over again. By the first week of October 2017, people had already begun needing hospitalization for the flu.

After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. The other main version of the vaccine is the mist, which is produced using a weakened version of the virus, while technically a "live" virus, the mechanism for infection has been eliminated so it can not cause illness either. The Affordable Care Act required insurers to cover the cost of patients' flu shots without charging a copay, although some insurers only cover vaccines given by doctors or at certain locations. "Vaccines work - they prevent disease and most importantly, they prevent death". You can get the vaccine at most major drug store chains, or at your doctor's office, too.

"By vaccinating yourself, it will protect people who can can't get vaccinated by 'herd immunity, '" explained Dr. Neha Shah, an infection prevention specialist with Piedmont Newnan.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say. Sudbury has more than 50 local pharmacists that participate in the universal influenza program who will be administering flu vaccines.

Forty-six people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter, the highest number in three years, while another 35 were admitted into intensive care units.

The flu epidemic impacts Nebraska every year.

SHS Health Educator Jeremy Garcia said the majority of students treated for the flu at the SHS previous year had not received the vaccine.

Bhardwaj said pregnant women are five to 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from influenza than non-pregnant women.

Just because someone gets sick, does not mean that influenza ("the flu") is the culprit.

He admits the shot is not 100 percent effective for everybody.

Last year, more than 250 flu cases were reported in Nebraska in October and November. "This year, in the southern hemisphere, it's been a mild-to-moderate Influenza-A-dominated year, with an H1N1 strain as opposed to last year's H3N2 strain", Hilderman said. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects.

"Unvaccinated staff can spread the flu virus among patients without necessarily falling ill themselves. We're able to get a bit of a head start on the prediction and we have that lead because they go through it before we do".

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