Published: Thu, October 17, 2019
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Flu jabs: Flu season is approaching

Some people say they rarely get sick or that they just do not need it. Ezike says people who are highly tolerant to the flu should still consider getting vaccinated for the protection of others.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity in the U.S. often begins to increase in October or November and peaks in January or February.

Experts at the Jackson and Scott County Health Departments are encouraging the public to get flu vaccinations now.

"One thing that we often hear is, 'I got the flu shot, and then I got the flu, '" Malita said.

The flu is spread directly from one person to another when infected people cough or sneeze, and can spread before symptoms even appear. So, essentially you are getting a "mini-flu" illness, which is why people may feel ill after getting the vaccine. The cost of the flu shot is $32 in Jackson County and $25 at the Scott County Health Department. "This year in particular, I think people really should make a concerted effort to try to get vaccinated".

CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older.

People who are over 65 have a higher risk of complications and a higher mortality rate. The immune system needs 15 days post flu jab to be properly protected against the flu virus.

For pregnant women, flu complications can include premature birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth of the baby.

Got some time? Plug your zipcode into the CDC's Flu Vaccine Finder to find the nearest provider near you.

There are a couple of other groups who are also more likely to get the flu. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. "It's important to know that not only are you helping yourself, you're helping others as well". "You should always cover your cough - ideally with your inner elbow - and practice good hand washing".

Mayo Pharmacy in Bismarck is getting 40 of the high dose vaccines in for Wednesday, but several pharmacies in the state, including Mayo won't be seeing another shipment until November.

Flu vaccination also has been shown in separate studies to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes and chronic lung disease.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Gila County Public Health Department at 928-402-8811 or contact your child's school nurse.

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