Another flu season: Prepare for the worst

Ebony Scott
November 3, 2017

"Flu can be a unsafe disease for people of all ages, even healthy children and adults", said Annette O'Connor, administrative director for the Pawnee County Health Department.

Last year's flu vaccine was 34 percent effective against influenza A and 56 percent effective against influenza B, according to the DOH.

"The influenza is an inactive vaccine and therefore does not contain any live virus, and can not transmit infection", she said.

The flu shot is now available at the Co-op Marketplace Pharmacy during regular business hours for the pharmacy, and they do walk-ins.

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, and body aches.

Anyone who would like can get a flu shot free of charge on November 2 from 11a.m. until 2 the parking lot between the health department and the Caswell Sheriff's office.

"Influenza can lead to serious complications and even death, especially among the elderly", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement.

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Conventional vaccines attempt to guess the handful of most dominant strains coming in a single season.

"No I want to never never get sick like that", she said.

Myth One: The flu shot will give you the flu.

Dr. Pate adds that the vaccine takes up to two weeks to take full effect - "So there's a possibility that if someone got it today and next week they got exposed with the flu, they could come down with the flu because the vaccine isn't protecting them yet". It may prevent those around you from getting sick. "It is a preventative measure to those with chronic conditions that may worsen if they got the flu".

Children age 6 months to age 8 who have not previously been fully vaccinated may need two doses of vaccine and should receive their first one early in the season for best protection, the Health Department said.

Clinicians and pharmacists who give vaccines day in and day out have the skill to make the shots nearly painless. That includes tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.

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