March 20, 2019

Health officials say now is the time to get the flu shot

20 October 2018, 12:26 | Randall Craig

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It says it's important people get the shot in the coming weeks to be protected before the flu season arrives in December.

But 80% of those children who died did not have a flu shot.

Free flu shots are available for uninsured Williamson County residents six months of age or older and all TVFC-eligible, CHIP Medicaid recipients (please bring shot records).

It's hard to predict how severe the flu season will be this year, Lin said. The agency urges the public to get vaccinated before flu season reaches its peak.

The Council is looking at a three year campaign which will work towards achieving a 75% uptake of the vaccination for frontline workers, a significant increase on the current uptake of 16.8%.

So, there's no good reason not to get the shot. Of positive samples at public health labs, 86.4% were influenza A and 13.6% were influenza B. Of the few influenza A samples that were subtyped, 22.2% were H3N2 and 75% were 2009 H1N1. They may be skeptical about vaccines in general.

The vaccine, which contains an inactivated virus, is recommended by the CDC for all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, to lower their risk of infection or lessen the intensity of the virus if they do catch it.

According to Dr. Manning, "Last flu season was more deadly than previous years (due to the H3N2 and the Flu B), and this year could be as well, but we do not know yet which strains are going to be most common". However, the CDC reports that the "Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get "sick" and, 'reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%'".

First, college students are more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses than other populations.

The health department says it's seeing flu cases a bit earlier than expected.

In addition, if you are exposed to someone else who has the flu virus, you may not get sick, but you can pass on the virus to others. "And especially if you are young and healthy".

Question is, do you take the same care to maintain your own health? Are you a teacher or a health care provider?

Doctors say the flu is a serious disease that should not be taken lightly. Flu strains may differ from year to year and efforts to keep up with its changing characteristics are not 100 percent effective.

However, scientists tucked away in Wellington are now a step closer to finding a universal flu vaccine that could last up to five years.

This month a survey found that a majority of parents think the flu shot can even lead to the flu, which is not true, or that the flu vaccine doesn't work. This is unequivocally false.

"There are a few people who feel a little worn out after getting the shot", Schaffner says.

Two flu clinics are scheduled for Sunday (Oct. 21) for people without health insurance.

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