A flu vaccine could save your life

Ebony Scott
November 3, 2018

You can get a flu shot through your regular healthcare provider, the Fond du Lac County Health Department, or most other places that have a pharmacy. By getting vaccinated, you reduce your chances of getting the flu and then spreading it to someone else, especially those with weakened immune systems who have a harder time fighting off viruses, such as children under age 5, older adults and people undergoing chemotherapy.

It is a first come, first served basis.

"As was announced to Global Positioning System and pharmacists some months ago, delivery of the jab is being phased and everyone who needs the vaccine will get protected before December, when the flu season usually hits".

"In 2017-18, the number of children receiving the flu vaccine was down, and the US saw a high number of pediatric deaths", Facteau said. It usually doesn't arrive until January or so so this is early.

Health officials said this year's flu season has gotten off to a fast start in Arizona, with 96 confirmed cases in the first three weeks, and they are urging people to get vaccinated against the disease.

According to Campus Health's website, the 2018-2019 flu shot costs $27 without insurance. Still, the quadrivalent makes sense for many people, Adalja says.

"The flu vaccine can not cause the flu", she said. Bon Jovi's "Shot to the Heart" speaks to the capacity of the flu shot to lower a person's risk of heart attack. Flu shots are available on a walk-in basis at the Immunizations Clinic located on the ground floor of the Sports Medicine Clinic.

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"Many people don't know that influenza is the number one disease preventable by a vaccine that causes deaths in Canada", said Newhouse in a phone interview. This stops air droplets from carrying the virus into other people's airways which is the predominate form of transmission.

But there are always those who choose not to get vaccinated out of fear. While the flu is cause for concern, there are ways you can protect yourself, your family and your community.

If you or someone you know is unable to get a version of the flu shot, you can still take preventative measures to avoid getting the flu. The reason being that the vaccine either has a killed (inactivated) form of the virus that is not infectious or it is made with proteins from a flu vaccine virus that is attenuated "weakened" and therefore can not cause the flu. "If the vaccination status is unknown for any child in this age group that child should be given two doses of seasonal flu vaccine".

A burning fever, aching body, sore throat and runny nose are only a few of the most prominent symptoms of Influenza. People say it'll cut down symptoms by about a day or two, but, of course, if you have influenza, another day of grace is great.

For more information about scheduling an appointment for a flu vaccine, contact the Bartow County Health Department - located at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville - at 770-382-1920. The flu shot is considered safe during pregnancy and works equally well in both pregnant and other women. There are two things I like to emphasize all year round but especially this time of year. You should cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

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