Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Bartow County Health Department official underscores importance of flu vaccine

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Gustavo Carr | 02 November, 2018, 14:36

This year sees two new and more effective vaccines being introduced to improve the protection offered to those at risk: a vaccine for older people (aged 65 and over) called Fluad®, which has been specifically created to increase immunity in this age group, and a quadrivalent vaccine for people aged under 65 who have underlying health conditions and pregnant women.

People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

Statistics show that 48.8 million people contracted the virus, 22.7 million sought medical treatment, and almost 960-thousand were hospitalized.

But while a pandemic can happen at any time given new strains of the virus such as the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, Newhouse noted we now know more about how to prevent infections from spreading, such as respiratory hygiene and staying home when sick.

When you get the flu jab, it triggers an immune response in your body.

According to Campus Health's website, the 2018-2019 flu shot costs $27 without insurance. The flu can also be deadly. Last year, 38 percent of Black adults 18 years and older were vaccinated, compared to 45 percent of Whites, 46 percent of Latinos, and 47 percent of Asians.

As part of Queens City Hall in Your Borough, the Health Department hosted an event with Senator Leroy Comrie today at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica to promote the flu vaccine to all residents, especially the Black community.

Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) American Academy of Immunization Practices.

However, in recent years, flu vaccines are egg-free have become available.

If you notice any of these symptoms the Health Department encourages you to reach out your physician.

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Expectant mothers are being urged to protect themselves and their unborn baby by having their free flu vaccine.

Besides getting a flu shot, is there anything else we can do to help protect ourselves and others?

"No matter what type of flu you get, it can be quite severe for many people and especially if you're somebody who's at risk for complications of influenza".

"There are several forms of the vaccine available", said Facteau. The Health Department's immunization clinic along with other City-run clinics and hospitals provide no or low-priced flu vaccines to patients and visitors. "With 99 percent of insurance plans, the total is $0, and others have a co-pay of $25", said Kimberly Tran, pharmacy manager at Walgreens Pharmacy at 730 E. Grant Road.

When in stock, Tran also stated that Walgreens Pharmacy made getting vaccinated a simple process.

Primary school children will get the vaccination at school, while pre-school children will receive it through their local GP surgery.

See the HealthMap Vaccine Finder for administration sites near you.

The flu season typically begins around November and can last well into the spring.

"Many people don't know that influenza is the number one disease preventable by a vaccine that causes deaths in Canada", said Newhouse in a phone interview.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recorded 32 hospitalizations with complications of influenza between September 1 and October 23. The CDC gathers information on the influenza virus every year and based on that information makes a determination on what strains to focus on for the vaccine.

Common symptoms of the flu are high fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and dry cough.