Friday, 18 January, 2019

Health leaders strongly recommend getting flu shot

Commons Jordan Schulz Commons Jordan Schulz
Gustavo Carr | 04 November, 2018, 19:45

"[Our approach] could potentially be used as a preventive treatment from year to year and protect against both seasonal flu as well as potential pandemics, such as bird flu", said Ian Wilson, a biochemist from Scripps Research who co-led the project. The clinic was held last year too and it was such a success, they held it again this year.

Ontario, which began rolling out its publicly funded flu immunization program October 22, is already receiving reports of influenza cases in some regions of the province and has recorded its first few outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

The state Health Department publishes a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report. You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine. Most insurance plans are accepted.

Flu shots are available at numerous locations throughout Spokane County, including healthcare provider offices, local pharmacies and grocery stores.

More information about the flu vaccine campaign can be found online or by calling Health Links.

"The free flu shot event is a great opportunity to get protection for yourself and the whole family at no cost", said city officials.

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The elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems are also vulnerable to the flu virus if they don't get the vaccine. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children ages newborn to five, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions such as asthma. "Most of my severe flu cases previous year were in unvaccinated individuals and it's really sad when somebody has something life threatening that could've been prevented", said Dr. Chris Belcher, St. Vincent Infectious Disease Specialist.

No it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza.

In addition to the flu shot, residents are reminded about the 3 C's: cover your cough, clean your hands, and contain germs by staying home when ill. This year's vaccine significantly reduces the odds of getting sick - and you should get one now if you haven't already - but it's far from flawless.

Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.

The obvious one is that it keeps you from getting sick with the flu, reduces risk of hospitalization from the flu and protects people around you.