Why you should get your flu shot

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 2, 2018

All individuals aged 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, he said, adding that it is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza and those who live with or care for them to be vaccinated early each year.

The standard flu shot provides protection against H3N2, another A strain called H1N1, and two B strains - Victoria and Yamagata.

PLATTSBURGH | The first case of the flu this season was reported in Clinton County last week, and health officials are again imploring residents to get vaccinated. From 1976 to 2006, estimates of annual flu-associated deaths in the USA ranged from 3,000 to almost 49,000 people. When you get vaccinated, you are doing your part to protect others around you.

For more information about scheduling an appointment for a flu vaccine, contact the Bartow County Health Department - located at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville - at 770-382-1920.

It's important to know that once the flu has been contracted, victims are most contagious in the first three to four days after illness begins, however, some may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and five days after becoming sick, according to the CDC. A year ago was one of the worst flu seasons in decades.

To help get the word out, Minister Elliott encouraged colleagues, community leaders and people across the province to get their flu shot and post about it on social media using the hashtag #FightTheFlu.

"There is no need to delay your flu vaccine if you have a minor illness with no fever such as a cold".

Dr. Jonathan LaPook joined "CBS This Morning" to talk about the importance of the flu shot and to administer some to our very own Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King. "In a high dose, there's only so much you can pack into a vaccine".

Getting your annual flu shot helps to create "herd immunity", the concept that if everyone gets a flu shot, there would be no medium by which the flu could spread.

Can you get the flu from having a flu shot?

Pharmacists around Madison County are vaccinating people this flu season, however, North Florida Pharmacy, located at 139 SW Macon St., in Madison, is now administering free vaccinations for anyone over 18, with special doses for anyone over the age of 65.

In terms of efficacy, it varies from year to year but, more importantly, it's better than nothing.

Make sure you get a flu shot - that's the message health professionals are sharing as flu season gets underway.

The CDC states that studies show 70 percent to 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people age 65 and older, with 54 percent to 70 percent of people in that age group hospitalized due to the seasonal flu. It's been around a long time and sometimes, when people can't get flu vaccines, we'll use it for prevention.

The flu season peaks between December and January. Good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Wash your hands often throughout the day. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, don't store tissues. Be careful about touching your face after you touch surfaces because influenza and other viruses and vermin can be on them.

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