Flu shots available at Margaret Mary Health beginning in October

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2018

District Health Department No. 4 and No. 2 have the flu vaccines available, but Myerson said many clinics, pharmacies, and other medical facilities have it and people should get vaccinated whereever it is most convenient to make sure they are safeguarded.

Watson says everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

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

Yes. Some people do get sick with a flu virus despite getting their annual flu shot. For children, the CDC says the vaccine can be life-saving and reduces the risk for hospitalization. That's why it's better to get vaccinated in September or early October before the flu season really kicks in. In order to increase awareness and spread knowledge of the flu, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) implemented the inaugural New Jersey College and University Flu Challenge.

Berg said the nasal spray, called FluMist, was previously approved, but the recommendation was removed two years ago when the CDC's vaccines advisory committee received some data that questioned the nasal spray's effectiveness against the H1N1 strand.

Last year's flu season was particularly severe with widespread flu activity around the state of Georgia and throughout the country, officials said.

"The 2017-18 season was the first season to be classified as a high severity across all age groups", the CDC reported.

Can getting the flu shot early be effective?

Of the 180 children who died in the a year ago, 80 percent, or 144 of them, did not receive the vaccine during the season, the CDC said.

It's also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy.

All parents have to do is fill out a form and accompany their child to get vaccinated.

Regular-dose flu shots will be available, as well as high dose for those age 65 and older. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus.

"Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart".

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