Winnike: Flu Season is Here; Prevent what is Preventable

Winnike: Flu Season is Here; Prevent what is Preventable

More than 300 sites in Vermont offer flu vaccine, including supermarkets, pharmacies and health care providers.

No appointment is necessary to get a flu vaccine at the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department. Of the 180 pediatric deaths reported in the US last season, 80 percent occurred in children who had not had a flu shot. Now that the new flu season is already underway, the medical community is still urging the unvaccinated members of the public to get immunized. His parents have set up a fund to promote flu vaccinations.

While just 60 percent of New Jersey seniors surveyed without an undergraduate degree have gotten a flu shot, compared with 72 percent of those who graduated from college.

"At the parish health units, we have extended the evening hours to better allow people to get their shot after they leave school or work", said Dr.

More people have come down with the flu locally this year than normal, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

As an indication of these misbeliefs, a recent study found that 43 percent of Americans, believe that the seasonal flu shot can give you the influenza virus. Early signs are that this coming year might be dominated by the H1N1 strain, for which the flu vaccine tends to have higher effectiveness rates. Older adults can receive flu vaccines that are specially designed for people age 65 and older.

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young. That's not as high as the measles vaccine, but it still amounts to millions of cases of flu that should not have happened. "The past two flu seasons have been predominately H-3-N-2 strain which is more likely to target seniors". And while you're at it, inquire about other vaccinations, such as those for shingles and whooping cough. Yet even though flu shots are readily available and low-priced, many don't get one.

This means, people often benefit from receiving the right information, at the right time, from a healthcare provider they trust.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine. The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.

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Flu activity is starting to increase across the United States, so if you have not yet had your flu vaccine, now is the time!

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