City hosts flu clinic this Thursday

City hosts flu clinic this Thursday

City hosts flu clinic this Thursday

This year, CDC officials are hoping to boost vaccine coverage by helping doctors and nurses make a strong case to their patients for a flu shot.

960,000 people were hospitalized, more than the total number of staffed hospital beds in the United States. Besides causing fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing and a sore throat, flu could lead to complications and even death.Because the strains of influenza that circulate change from year to year, residents are recommended to get yearly vaccinations.

"There are a lot of deaths annually from the flu and a lot of illness from the flu every year", Kokaram said, "so we try to get people vaccinated and protected as much as possible".

When should I get the flu shot?

"That's one of the safest vaccines we use". Here's the truth: It does.

“There are a few reasons why people might mistakenly think that the flu vaccine gives you the flu, ” William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine says. And 80 percent of those children who died a year ago along with the recent pediatric death had not been vaccinated.

Rodney Skinner, pharmacist and president of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, said outreach and training of his members is a work in progress.

The flu vaccine is updated annually to match the flu virus strains that are predicted to spread. They. The viruses are effectively dead and are there so that your body can create the proper antibodies that will defend you from the real thing.

Megan King, a pharmacist and the pharmacy manager for the Walgreens at 89th Street and S. Pennsylvania Avenue, said all company employees have been trained to ask customers if they've gotten a flu shot.

Chris Busch, 50, of Jamaica Plain, attended the clinic to get vaccinated.

One is that you caught a virus before your immune system was able to build up a resistance to it. Oh, I know, you never get sick so you dont need it.

Even if you can't get to your doctor or pharmacy by the end of October, you should still get the flu vaccine. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. The three or four particular viruses that the vaccine will protect against are chosen by experts months in advance of each flu season. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Two in five American seniors stay home (41 percent) and avoid public gatherings (40 percent) to protect themselves from the flu.

He spent more than a week in the ICU before he died this week.

While vaccines have their flaws, they are still our most effective weapon against influenza. There are precautionary steps one can take to help prevent the flu. By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself, but protecting those in the population who are most at risk of contracting and getting seriously ill from influenza.

Can't make the flu clinic? No appointment is necessary, but a photo ID is required. If you're passing by, see if you can stop in really quickly and get your shot soon.

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