Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Health department offering flu shots now

Health department offering flu shots now

Those who wish to get a flu vaccine at a DHEC health department clinic must do so by appointment by calling 1-800-868-0404.

"There is no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved, injectable influenza vaccines", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over the last few years, vaccinations have experienced some controversy, and Weber expressed her concern for students who are on the fence about getting vaccinations.

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And flu is nothing to sniff at. She said the flu usually ends in April, but past year, this was not the case. The young and the elderly are particularly at risk for serious complications, along with pregnant women or people with chronic conditions.

The Seasonal Flu vaccine will be available as from today at the Primary Care Centre Blood Clinic.

It's important to get vaccinated every year because flu strains change so rapidly. These strains can sometimes mutate between the time the vaccine is designed and the actual arrival of the epidemic, which then diminishes its effectiveness. "Everyone should receive a flu shot from 6 months and older to help build your immune system". By simply knowing where to go, anyone can get a head start on combating the flu and know where to turn for a wide variety of other healthcare needs.

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Free seasonal flu shots are available at the following Barnes-Jewish locations while supplies last.

"We are bracing for a bad season this year", Rudberg said.

Finally, that afternoon, I admitted defeat. "More hospitalizations and I'm afraid more deaths". But compare that to the severe and sometimes life-threatening symptoms caused by the flu. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for protective antibodies to develop in the body, the time is now to make plans to get vaccinated, as influenza is already being diagnosed in some communities this year.

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