Thousands of Kent toddlers missing out on free flu vaccine

13 December, 2017, 06:08 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Thousands of Kent toddlers missing out on free flu vaccine

This causes many people to shrug their shoulders and skip it - which, for some, can turn deadly.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. You've probably even had it at least a few times before. The flu is a serious disease.

"I'm really telling people now, with the holidays coming up and colder weather, that they really need to the flu shot now", Games said. Health officials worry about the flu because it can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses, and it is impossible to predict when the next pandemic will occur.

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and different viruses can circulate causing illness each season. These complications often result in hospitalization, and sometimes become fatal.

“The single best way to prevent the spread of the flu is getting an annual flu shot.

"And if you are feeling under the weather, it's important to stay home from school or from work so you're not infecting others, and to cover your coughs and sneezes with your arms so you're not spreading germs around, " she said.

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There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands. He is also the Director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds that focuses on understanding influenza and improving vaccines to combat the virus.

Many GP practices hold large flu vaccination clinics. "You're still talking about 50 to 60 percent effectiveness", Games said.

The NHS explains that the main symptoms include a fever of more than 38C, a chesty cough, headache, tiredness and aching muscles as well as a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.

Despite this rigorous research, the flu virus is nasty and changes constantly. This requires employees who have not received the flu vaccine to wear a mask when within 6 feet of any patient or resident care area, as well as when performing patient related tasks in both patient and non-patient care areas. To access the list, go to www.yakimacounty.us/275/Health-District, hover over or click the "Your Health" dropdown menu and select "Flu Shot Locations".

Recombinant and cell-based platforms are two other vaccine technologies now available. "So we won't know for sure what this season looks like until we get into it more". The shot still protects you against the virus, even if you do experience some mild symptoms.

If you're pregnant, over 65, have a long-term medical condition or weakened immune system you should consider visiting a GP if you are struck down by the flu.

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