Flu season: doctors told how not to catch the flu

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 10, 2018

Medical experts have stated Thursday is the beginning of flu season as all Americans should prepare to get the vaccine.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year. This is the highest death toll in decades. In the survey taken for the 2016-2017 flu season, 78.6% of respondents reported receiving the seasonal flu vaccine.

Wake County has already had one flu-related death, that of Wake County school board member Kathy Hartenstine, 68, who unexpectedly died last month. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins". Thus, a well-advertised vaccination program would heavily benefit all communities on Grounds, especially due to the heightened risk for flu that many college students suffer.

Doctors have long said that people who are vaccinated and get sick anyway have shorter and less severe bouts of the flu.

Students enrolled in El Camino's Nursing program administered vaccines for those who attended this event.

Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) protect against three flu viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B. You may also come across vaccines called "quadrivalent" vaccines which protect against an additional B virus.

Doctors advise to get vaccinated.

Despite what you may have heard, serious side effects are very rare. Studies have shown that it will help prevent you from getting the flu, though it is not a 100 per cent guarantee.

Flu shots to everyone!

Receiving those vaccinations, health care officials say, is very important when fighting the flu.

"Whenever you have a prevalent flu strain in one season you're going to see that one in your next vaccine". And not only can smoking cigarettes increase your risk of getting the flu, but it can also make flu symptoms worse, according to research out of Yale University.

It is holding four flu vaccine clinics this month at Sanford Southpointe Clinic on 32nd Avenue and 24th Street. In such cases it is impossible to be vaccinated. "Those who don't wash their hands often with soap and water, touch their eyes, nose and mouth, and don't clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs are more susceptible to the flu", Dr. Moore says.

Influenza is nearly with us, it's that time of the year, and it's one of the illnesses - although it's common and expected - it's one of the illnesses that infectious diseases doctors fear because it's so fierce.

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