Friday, 19 October, 2018

Flu shots made available as the cold season creeps in

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming CDC: Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age
Judith Alexander | 01 October, 2018, 08:27

Francis Hospital, 2016 South Main; Walgreens Drug, 1114 South Main; and Walmart Pharmacy, 1605 South Main. The health department is also able to bill Medicare and most insurance. Children can be scheduled on Thursdays and every other Thursday will be open for child walk-ins.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

CDC recommends that people be vaccinated anytime between now and the end of October. Those patients will be asked for a $20 donation to cover the cost of the vaccination, but if that can not be afforded, the department will still administer the shot. When people who are already frail they may never return to their pre-flu functional level. It was about 67 percent effective against one of the influenza strains past year, meaning that of 100 kids lined up in a gym, if all of them got a flu shot, 67 of them wouldn't get the flu if a sick child coughed on them. Flu vaccine is available everywhere.

She said "kids are more likely to be immunized if their parents are" adding everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, which is the recommendation of the CDC. About 80,000 Americans died, compared with 12,000 to 56,000 in a normal year. Under the new methodology, the CDC went back and reclassified the flu seasons from 2003-2016. "So don't worry about it being too early". There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. The process takes at least six months, allowing time for circulating viruses to change and adapt.

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"People don't really understand the need for herd immunity - that we protect those who are most vulnerable", said Clark. People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor's office where they can be monitored. So it is recommended for everyone. "We want White County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of defense, "Trudy Noble, White County Health Unit Administrator, said". During most influenza seasons, about 80 percent of reported pediatric deaths occur in children who have not been fully vaccinated against flu. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks.

Frank also wanted to stress the importance of getting the vaccine every year. If you contract the flu after getting a flu shot, the chances that others will catch it from you are decreased.

Five children died from influenza or flu-related complications during last year's flu season, and more than 6,400 Minnesotans of all ages were hospitalized for influenza. "People who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health. 2".

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