Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

A flu vaccine could save your life

A flu vaccine could save your life

"To minimize workplace disruption and ensure that as many persons as possible get vaccinated, I am also pleased to announce that our Public Health Department will continue our program of the onsite workplace vaccination initiative for companies with twenty or more employees wishing to have the vaccine", Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

There are at least 17 pharmacies and health centers in Plattsburgh alone where residents can get vaccinated.

The standard flu shot provides protection against H3N2, another A strain called H1N1, and two B strains - Victoria and Yamagata.

Facteau stressed that the notion of flu vaccines causing the flu is a misconception. "It's a good time to get your shot now if you can.", said Bangor's Public Health Director, Patty Hamilton.

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

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza runs most severely rampant from October to May, which means we are now well into the first month of flu season. Flu vaccines help protect against the three to four strains that research suggests will be most prevalent.

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Global Positioning System across Northern Ireland are offering flu vaccination to everyone over 65, pregnant women, and people under 65 with underlying health conditions.

Health officials are urging all Americans over six months old to get a flu shot now. Now, you could have an immune response - so by giving this to you, you could have a low-grade fever. 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.

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. 2017Health Department data show that only 44 percent of people 18 years and older got the flu shot in 2017, and one-third of children under 5 were not vaccinated during the 2017-18. "In a high dose, there's only so much you can pack into a vaccine".

In terms of efficacy, it varies from year to year but, more importantly, it's better than nothing.

"The flu shot is the best defence to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus", said Elliott. I know it wasn't from the shot because outside of the live attenuated nasal spray, all the other vaccines do not contain live virus. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. In some seasons, there are two peaks of influenza outbreak activity; one during the latter part of the year; and, another just before spring. Tankut suggests that you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, don't store tissues. "Influenza can be the trigger for other complicated health issues".

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