It's never too early to get the flu shot

Leslie Hanson
November 10, 2018

Flu vaccinations are free and can be obtained at various Public Health flu clinics, local doctor offices and a number of participating pharmacies throughout the region. Some 70,000 people in the United States died from flu last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates influenza killed more than 79,000 Americans during the 2017-18 flu season, hospitalized 959,000, and infected 48.8 million.

Minister of Health Kim Wilson, along with the Head of Public Service, Dr. Derrick Binns, the Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr. Jennifer Attride-Stirling and Ministry of Health staff received flu shots as part of the Ministry of Health's "Take the Lead" initiative, which allows the Ministry of Health staff to take the lead in ensuring its healthcare workforce is protected against the flu to prevent spread to patients and minimize sick leave.

True influenza - the flu - can cause sudden onset of headaches, fever and chills, cough, and fatigue.

"I think some parents feel like that's an easier way to get the flu vaccine", Dr. Bhargava says.

The department said the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses this year, and that several different types of vaccine are available. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

Masjid-e-Ali at 47 Cedar Grove Lane will be providing the public with free flu shots, November 10 from 10:30 2 p.m.

Avoid people who appear sick. For those without health insurance, flu shots will cost $10.

Ott says there are a lot of misconception out there concerning the flu vaccine and it safety. That's why the CDC advises getting the shot in October.

"You may have a few days after you get your flu shot where you perhaps aren't feeling 100 percent", Han said.

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