Public health memo on flu: Get that shot

Leslie Hanson
October 3, 2018

Indeed, the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that every pregnant woman get a flu shot. Of those, 80 percent had not been vaccinated.

Flu symptoms often come suddenly, and can vary significantly depending on the person.

However, there's no way to tell how effective the vaccine will be until the flu season is in full swing. Medical attention should also be sought for children with the flu who develop bluish skin, aren't waking up or aren't eating.

Despite general advice for college students to get vaccinated, as residence halls serve as a breeding ground for viruses like the flu, many choose not to protect themselves against a potentially fatal virus.

Flu season begins in October and ends in May, with the highest activity between December and March, the CDC says.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic sites throughout the Yakima Valley are now offering flu shot clinics, where patients and community members can drop by without an appointment and get their flu shot for $20.

Human Resources Specialist Daniel Krautheim said about 100 flu shots were available a year ago, but more than 400 people attended the fair.

"Flu vaccination is now the most effective method to prevent flu infection", Chou said while attending a TEDxGlobalDay event held by TEDxDaanPark and the Rotary Club in Taipei. You should try to eat more foods that are rich in vitamins C and E, which can be beneficial in keeping your immune system strong.

Students can start combating the flu before they even get it.

Leggiadro urges anyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu vaccine.

I heard the flu shot makes you sick.

"It's our best shot, and even if it's not a good match, it's proven to prevent flu cases and deaths", Altrogge said.

Along with getting vaccinated, Suffoletto emphasized the importance of other preventative measures like hand washing and staying home from work or school if sick, to prevent further spread of the virus. That count represents about 60 percent of children and 40 percent of adults. In these cases, a certain gene is taken from the flu virus, to be inserted into a different non-flu virus which grows in insect cells. After the virus has been replicated, manufacturers purify the protein produced from the flu gene, which is used in the vaccine.

She added: "Healthcare staff may choose not to get the jab for fear of allergic reactions, or a phobia around needles".

It's not easy to compare flu seasons through history, partly because the nation's population is changing. "It's now believed that part of the reason that the vaccine was not as protective is that the flu strain used to manufacture the vaccine mutated very subtly during the development process".

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