March 20, 2019

October is optimal time to get a flu shot, experts say

19 October 2018, 03:46 | Randall Craig

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Sedgwick County health officials have received their first reports of influenza cases in the county and two people statewide have died from the flu.

The health department also plans to announce additional flu shot clinics for children and adults who cannot be present for the drive through event.

"Influenza seasons vary in timing, severity and length", officials at the Florida Department of Health said in a statement on Monday, adding that the number of cases was expected to climb in the coming weeks. "Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctor's visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children". The child tested positive for influenza B at a local health care provider.

The CDC recommends all people ages 6 months and older get vaccinated.

Despite the delay, the Health Department said the spray will arrive in enough time to protect people from the flu.

Florida was not alone in reporting a flu death so early in the season. More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from the flu previous year were also unvaccinated. Lomax says it's too early to tell if this flu season will be as bad as a year ago.

The actual viruses that go into the vaccine are dictated by research that suggests they'll be the most common during the upcoming season, the CDC explains.

While influenza viruses circulate year-round, in the United States the time flu activity generally peaks is December through February. "If you get the illness we want you to stay home, we want people to stay home, protect themselves get better".

It also shows 30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy. "What happened a year ago was one of the common A strains changed after the A strain was produced, so it was not as effective".

The state's flu reporting season runs from September 1 to May 31.

Starting October 15, all Albertans older than six months were able to receive the flu vaccine free of charge through Alberta Health Services (AHS) locations and qualifying pharmacists and physician offices.

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