Flu Shots Available Next Week

Others dread it. But still, health officials say the flu shot is your best chance for avoiding the aches, fatigue and fever that come along with the flu.

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend yearly vaccinations for almost all people over the age of six months, especially those at high risk.

Why the extra concern? Small clusters of the virus are already showing up in the U.S.

This season, the CDC says the Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, has been hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness: H3N2.

"The seriousness of each year's flu varies significantly".

"Vaccine effectiviness ranges between 40 percent to 60 percent each year", said Dr. Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Knox County Health Department will begin its flu vaccination clinics at local schools next week.

Medicaid, Medicare and most forms of insurance will be accepted for payment of the flu shot at all health department clinics.

As Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice staff members prepare for their own annual flu vaccines, here is some information that may help you decide that, yes, this year you WILL get a vaccine. That rating is determined by the number of influenza-associated deaths, the number of laboratory-diagnosed influenza cases and the percentage of visits to clinics or hospitals for flu-like illness.

Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC. Patsy Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, who specializes in vaccine-preventable diseases at Children's Minnesota health system, told reporters, "We're good at vaccinating younger kids, but vaccinating your teenager is just as important". "Influenza is easy to prevent, and by taking this simple step you can stay healthy during upcoming flu season". For adults, vaccination rates increased about 1 percent, from 46 percent in 2015-2016 to 47 percent in 2016-2017. It takes about two weeks for the body to produce a full immune response. During last year's flu season, 3,340 Coloradans were hospitalized with flu, and two Colorado children died. Health officials suggest checking with a primary care provider if there is a question. A vaccine will make symptoms milder if you do get sick.

Prof. Vedhara and her research team hope that future studies will test the influence of the factors they monitored on multiple viral strains, to confirm the effect of mood on vaccine efficacy in the elderly. Most women who received a provider recommendation and an opportunity to receive the shot got vaccinated. They said the flu shot is a very simple process that could save your life. If a pregnant woman gets the flu, it can result in her infant suffering from a birth defect, he explained. They also offer preservative free shots for pregnant moms and infants.

  • Joanne Flowers