Shots lower chance of contracting flu — CDC

Henrico offering free flu vaccines

We've officially entered fall.

Public Health is reminding the public that like every flu season, vaccines will be first available for high risk populations. Leanne Stephens with the Health Department says it gives emergency workers and citizens a taste of what a "real life" rapid response would be and provides no cost flu shots.

Pregnant women should get the flu shot since their immune systems are weaker than usual. In fact, CDC is recommending everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

He said there's a big push for the flu shot this year.

Ready or not, flu season is here.

"If you get the shot, and the strains the shot is created to address are in the environment around you, then you're less likely to get the flu".

Despite experts' and officials' calls for US residents to get vaccinated against the flu, close to half of USA adults don't plan on doing so, according to a poll recently published by NFID.

Lake County Public Health is offering seasonal flu vaccines for $2. If someone is exposed to the influenza virus a few days before or after receiving the vaccination, they can still contract the flu.

Troubling statistics among pregnant women are making health officials anxious.

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The flu shot really is the best way to protect against the flu, said Jordan Clark, an Ottawa-based pharmacist with Shopper's Drug Mart.

Dr. Chow notes, some vaccines are not recommended for certain groups of people.

It's never too late to protect yourself and those around you.

"There's the side of the health fair with the flu shot and everything like that but then we have all of the tables", Fisher said. These allergies could include but are not limited to gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.

A short delay doesn't doom you to getting the flu though, health experts say. But only about 35% of pregnant women in the country are receiving both vaccines, according to a new CDC report, and just over half receive one. Whether that be washing your hands as often as possible, drinking a sufficient amount of water or most importantly, getting the flu shot, your peers will thank you and so will your body. "There's a lot of things that go into being healthy and this raises awareness to all of those different aspects and gives faculty and staff the information they need". "Talk to your doctor about your GBS history".

Silvernail says most vaccines contain four strains of influenza virus that are the virus' most likely to circulate this flu season. Each year, the team changes the composition of the shot to better reflect and fight the worst strains. Many times, their flu season can predict ours in the United States. This also marks the beginning of the Health Department's "Don't Bug Me" flu awareness and prevention campaign. For instance, influenza epidemiologist Danuta Skowronski told Branswell that individuals should avoid contact with others who are sick, and quickly seek treatment with antiviral drugs if they believe they have contracted the flu.

Influenza is not something you want to take your (or your family's) chances on.

Whooping cough is especially unsafe for babies below 2 months of age, says the CDC. During the 2017 to 2018 season, an estimated 79,000 adults and an additional 185 children in America died from the flu.

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