Health Department urges Vermonters get flu shots

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

More than 300 sites in Vermont offer flu vaccine, including supermarkets, pharmacies and health care providers.

That is because today's flu shots do not contain a live virus, which means, the vaccine itself simply can not get you sick. The highest rates of hospitalization were among adults 65 or older and children younger than 4; both age groups saw slightly more than 3 flu-related hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

People with compromised immune systems are advised to talk with their doctor about whether a flu shot is appropriate. Explain why the flu is more serious and why vaccinations are crucial.

Lisa Lauve, a Family Nurse Practitioner for Rapides Urgent Care said that Central Louisiana is experiencing the worst of the flu already in 2018.

With the holiday season here, health officials in Kentucky are urging people to take steps to help prevent spreading the flu.

The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department would like to acknowledge National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu. Today, the flu vaccine is in plentiful supply in America, with millions of doses produced each year.

Over the last two years Kaweah Delta's efforts to help their staff stave off the flu has made them a leader, along with five other hospitals, in the state.

"That's the strain that's a little bit better match to our vaccine", he said.

Flu caused almost 80,000 deaths and more than 950,000 hospitalizations around the country last season, the highest numbers in decades, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

Flu shots are recommended for all people six months and older.

While the vaccine is not ideal, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill.

Area Democrats 60 and older have gotten a flu shot at 63 percent, compared with 70 percent of New Jersey area Republicans. "I also refer them to the Centers for Disease Control website, cdc.gov, which provides up to date information for healthcare providers and the public", said Mayer.

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