State health officials launch campaign to promote flu shots

State health officials launch campaign to promote flu shots

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available.

Dr. Horne says flu season usually lasts from October or November to March or April each year.

"Children ages six months to eight years old will require two doses of the vaccine for adequate protection from flu", Shah continued".

You must be logged in to view this content. You should always call ahead to make sure you have insurance to cover your flu shot.

The flu vaccine is a preventive measure for people with other chronic illnesses, such as cardiac, diabetes and lung diseases.

After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.

NHS Scotland workers and carers are also offered the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus to the vulnerable.

Think twice before skipping out on getting your flu shot - your health AND your wallet may thank you.

Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.

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Despite the severity of the 2017-2018 flu season, vaccination coverage and employer vaccination requirements and promotion remained similar to the previous season.

Known as Flublok, or technically as recombinant influenza vaccine, it's the vaccine that used to be given to people who have egg allergies, said Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner with St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates. Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon.

"Last winter was a particularly bad year for flu, with a rise in the number of cases and hospitalisations".

During flu seasons when the vaccine is well-matched with flu strains that are circulating, the vaccine is shown to reduce the need for flu-related medical visits by 30 to 60 percent. The shot protects you until March and you'll have to get another one the next month.

There is no live flu virus in flu shots.

"We're not talking about the hundreds of cases that were diagnosed imperically, which means you walked in with flu symptoms and your health care provider diagnosed you with the flu without lab confirmation", said Mansourian-Christakos.

Myth 4. I never get the flu - and it's all about me! "And this is a way to test our readiness, so we're doing a lot of back-of-the-store assessments to see if we can get ready, administer them quickly and get people in and out as fast as we can", said Walker.

Concerns about fading effectiveness are "definitely something to consider, but it's not something at this point that we really know how to balance out with other issues, " said Dr. Lisa Grohskopf, a medical officer in the CDC's Influenza Division. A person can have the flu, but it will be less severe than if it had not been vaccinated. "Having this vaccine is a tool to help us avoid the flu".

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