Last Year The Flu Was Deadly - Get Vaccinated Now

Leslie Hanson
September 21, 2018

"The best way to safeguard yourself from the serious health risks posed by the flu virus, is to quite simply, get vaccinated", said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed [2] say that knowledge of last year's severe flu season makes them more likely to get a flu shot this year.

The CDC's recommendations state that everyone six months or older should get a flu vaccine annually.

There are numerous misconceptions and myths about seasonal flu and flu vaccines that prevent individuals from getting their flu shot.

If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Fall officially begins Saturday, September 22, meaning flu season is just around the corner. "The person either had contracted the flu virus prior to achieving immunity or is suffering from another illness having the same or similar symptoms as the flu".

The vaccine has been around for a few years, but officials hope its availability through the health department will allow more older people to know about it and have access to it.

The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics both say it is important to be vaccinated by late October, the beginning of flu season. "We strongly encourage all to get their flu shot and get it early, preferably before the end of October". As we age, our immune system weakens.

Furthermore, a National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) survey was conducted in October 2017 for college students 18 to 24 years old who were now attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles.

Vaccines are specifically created to protect you from the flu without exposing you to a virus that will make you sick.

"The high dose flu vaccine has more antigen in it than the regular vaccine", said health department immunizations nurse Jamie Bevington. In order to get the nasal spray vaccine, however, you need to meet some criteria. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article