East Texas health officials say get your flu shot

  • East Texas health officials say get your flu shot

East Texas health officials say get your flu shot

Previous year the Middletown Health Department had to hold an emergency flu clinic after an aggressive season.

In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic.

It's important to note the CDC is recommending the use of injectable influenza vaccines and not the nasal spray flu vaccine during the 2017-18 flu season and that flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.

Getting back into the flu shot specifically, there's already plenty of skepticism surrounding this one form of vaccination alone.

Even including the mandatory 15-minute after-vaccination waiting period, getting your flu shot on campus will take less than 25 minutes. "Healthcare workers and caregivers are [not only] extra susceptible to the flu, but they are also highly likely to spread the flu to those they're around", Dr. Moore says.

In North Carolina the flu season begins October 1 and runs through May.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year.

"Although people will say, 'I got the flu vaccine and I got a runny nose, I had a cough, I had a fever, I had body aches, ' believe it or not, side effects like fever and body aches occur in less than 1 percent of people who get a flu shot", Dunn said.

The flu vaccine and Pneu-P-23 vaccine, which helps protect against pneumococcal disease and is offered free of charge to seniors, are available at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors' offices, and Access Centres.

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season this year, given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter. The agency, which didn't begin counting flu deaths for the 2018-2019 flu season until September 30, will issue its weekly report on statewide flu hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, and will continue issuing the reports for the next eight months of flu season. Even this past summer, a nurse made headlines after announcing her anti-vaccine stance, presenting a concern for how workers in the medical field can manage to cast their doubts on vaccination. The flu vaccine is available from October, so I would urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now. Which means that it takes two weeks for the flu to build up the antibodies necessary for the flu. That's the thing with influenza.