Getting a flu shot has become our duty, not a suggestion

2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

With flu season upon us, Wayne State College Student Health will be giving free flu shots to WSC students on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

"Flu vaccination coverage among adults was 37.1 percent, a decrease of 6.2 percentage points from the previous flu season", the CDC said in its latest report. Though the effectiveness of the vaccine can vary - and last year's rate was low, at about 40 percent - this still meant that the flu vaccine reduced a person's overall risk of having to seek medical care at a doctor's office for flu illness by 40 percent.

More than 48 million people got the flu last season, and almost 80,000 people died from the flu.

With flu season approaching, the Chesapeake Health Department will be holding a free, walk-in flu vaccination clinic.

First, flu vaccines can not cause the flu.

Nesbit also dispelled the myth that a flu shot can cause flu.

Health officials confirmed the first flu death in Washington this season.

For parents, there's a handy guide for treating children who get the flu containing tips and best practices from Hopkins pediatrician Pranita Tamma.

Henry and Weldon agree that flu vaccines are the most effective measure, but there are other steps people should take to prevent the flu from spreading.

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And the last excuse often heard is that you got a flu shot and still got the flu. Yes.

"You may not think the flu shot is worth it for you, but do you want to risk infecting someone else who could die from the illness?" she said. The clinic is an all-inclusive experience, so patients can receive a variety of services, including other vaccinations and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, while there for a flu vaccination. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. However, according to a 2018 CDC-supported study, a vaccinated adult who was admitted to the hospital with the flu was 59 percent less likely to be put into the intensive care unit than an adult who had not been vaccinated. The scientists making the vaccines use either inactivated (killed) viruses or a small amount of the full virus, which ensures your body can build up immunity while not making you sick.

Anyone who hasn't received the flu vaccine is encouraged to attend. Stay home if you are sick. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with your sleeve, not your hands.

There are three vaccines available this year.

Babies, children under five years of age, people over 65 years of age, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to complications from the flu.

Remember that getting the vaccine will not give you the flu.

31 percent said the flu made them miss time with family, 28 percent on plans with friends, 16 percent on exercise, and 15 percent on entertainment.

Other ways to prevent the flu is avoid touching the face, clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, and get plenty of sleep.

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