Sullivan County Health Department encourages getting flu shot early

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"We'll see what the outcome is at the end of the flu season".

Scotland County Health Department will begin providing flu vaccination on weekdays from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, October 15th with no appointment necessary for adults. Even if you've had the vaccination before it's important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too. The Healthy People 2020 goals include a target of 90% annual flu vaccine coverage for health care personnel. The average cost of hospitalizations and outpatient visits averages $10 billion.

Interior Health advises that the flu shot is a safe and effective way to help protect the public from influenza, especially children and expectant women, as well as people with chronic illnesses. "Manitobans are encouraged to get the vaccine and reduce the risk of contracting influenza and the potential health complications that can come with it, both for themselves and for others".

Nationally, flu deaths also broke records, claiming more than 80,000 lives.

Flu can be nasty for little children.

While that hadn't eventuated here, ESR intelligence group leader Dr Lisa Oakley said many people infected with the flu might not have sought care or have even shown symptoms, meaning the figures were conservative. "In addition to influenza, you can protect yourself against a number of other vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, and whooping cough".

It's also important to understand the flu is different from a cold.

For those younger than 50, nasal spray vaccination is back. As people age, the standard dose may not be as effective, so there is a high-dose version for those who are 65 and older and an adjuvant one.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby.

"Flu can be extremely serious for those who are vulnerable, and is very infectious".

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This doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared.

Anyone wishing to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill from influenza.

According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 Americans died a year ago from the influenza and its complications.

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

"The flu jab is a simple procedure which could ultimately save lives".

It is still beneficial for anyone who was not vaccinated in early fall to get vaccinated later in the fall or winter because most influenza activity typically occurs in January or later.

Doctors have long said that people who are vaccinated and get sick anyway have shorter and less severe bouts of the flu.

Professor John Howarth, Deputy Chief Executive at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust adds: "Flu is an unpleasant illness at best and fatal at worst".

"Contrary to popular myth it can't give you flu because it has no live vaccine". Most people believe the flu shot will not help them, but you can still catch the flu, regardless of getting a vaccination.

According to numbers released by the province, 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter. "Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to the get the flu jab".

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