Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Are you getting a Flu Shot?

Are you getting a Flu Shot?

Alisha Southwick, school health and community wellness supervisor for Umatilla County Public Health, said people can get the flu shot wherever is most convenient for them - the important thing is that they get the shot.

Wendy Swanson, MD, MBE, chief of digital innovation and digital health at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of several speakers at today's briefing, said in the release, "Even one preventable death is a tragedy, but previous year at least 180 families lost a child to flu".

"Those 80,000 people who died a year ago from the flu?".

"I'm exhausted of hearing people say, 'Well, I didn't get sick and I didn't get the flu shot.' Or, 'I don't like it, my arm hurts, '" said Adams.

As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. So it's critically important that we impress upon folks that it is not just for them.

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That means that even those who have failed to be vaccinated will have a smaller chance of contracting the flu if you are vaccinated. Protection provided by flu vaccination can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors of the person getting vaccinated.

"Even if you get flu after having received the vaccine - the vaccine is not flawless - you have a less severe illness", Schaffner said.

The 2017-18 flu season, which lasted from October through May, left about 80,000 people dead, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, told reporters Thursday.

Last season, more than 900,000 were hospitalized, double the number during many regular seasons.

While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or "sick to your stomach" can sometimes be related to the flu - more commonly in children than adults - these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza. "It seems like we're in a better position this year. I will predict there will be a flu season". The 2017 flu vaccine turned out to not be very effective, which is one reason for the sudden increase in flu-related deaths.

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The CDC is also recommending that those with certain health conditions and adults 65 and older receive vaccinations against pneumococcal diseases that can result from the flu.

Last year 155 million vaccine dose were administered - with between 163 and 168 million available this year, including nasal spray.

The vaccination rate for children was 60 percent.

Seniors and those with a weak immune system are usually most vulnerable, but severe cases hit healthy people of all ages. Eggs don't support all virus types and allow for mutations in the ones they do.

Everyone over the age of six months is recommended to be vaccinated.

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The CDC cites the following about the flu vaccine and egg allergy: 1. "The flu shot that is going to be available free to the public this year will have three different strains that it's going to protect against", explains Prince George London Drugs Pharmacy Manager Ashley Roberts.

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