Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Public encouraged to get free seasonal flu vaccine

Public encouraged to get free seasonal flu vaccine

For most healthy people it will usually clear up within a week, albeit a fairly unpleasant week. And while it seems like flu season is still a month or two away, some cases of the flu have already been reported in Minnesota.

"Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later", Parrish said.

Although flu experts knew it was a rough season a year ago, they had no idea how bad it actually was.

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable, " she said.

Even including the mandatory 15-minute after-vaccination waiting period, getting your flu shot on campus will take less than 25 minutes.

Benefits and types According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. In the previous season, around 17,500 people received shots from Boynton, including about 9,000 students, according to data provided by Boynton.

They found that in larger, crowded cities, the flu season lasted longer, regardless of climate.

The nasal mist flu vaccine will not be available. "Pregnant women are more susceptible than women who are not pregnant because their bodies go through changes that can affect their immune system, heart, and lungs", Dr. Moore says.

A single flu vaccine protects against three or four different strains of the flu and is updated annually with what researchers believe will be the most common viruses that season.

Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding anyone over the age of 65 to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination.

Last year's flu season was one of the deadliest in the last 40 years.

A few flu prevention practices recommend washing hands regularly and making sure all members of a family are vaccinated. And perhaps a vaccine that we might only have to get every 5 or 10 years.

The flu shot did not work well past year as the vaccine only reduces a person's risk by 40 percent.

Influenza is nearly with us, it's that time of the year, and it's one of the illnesses - although it's common and expected - it's one of the illnesses that infectious diseases doctors fear because it's so fierce.

Those who have certain medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney or liver disease tend to also be at a higher risk for contracting the flu.

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