Flu vaccine still available at Iroquois County Public Health Department

State health department reports first pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season

State health department reports first pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season

Public health officials and the general public can also benefit from monitoring possible flu outbreaks as well as have more awareness of flu activity in the area.

The two main factors in the effectiveness of the vaccine is the health of the patient and the match between the influenza viruses that the influenza vaccine is created to protect against and the influenza viruses spreading in the community. Coloradoans should protect themselves and others now - before flu season peaks.

Looking at the new NORC report, Webby worries about "the quarter of people [age] 60-plus that are not getting vaccinated".

The flu virus can be spread by coughing and sneezing, and it can live outside the body on surfaces such as doorknobs or phones for a short period, according to the DPH. Welch. "Although a flu shot is never 100 percent effective, a vaccination is the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and getting serious complications".

When considering seeing a doctor about flu symptoms, Borgen also said it can be beneficial to call ahead of time.

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About half the people in the 18- to-44 age group also haven't gotten a flu shot, noted Webby, who believes that "it's probably an uphill battle" trying to increase these vaccination rates.

'Myth-busting' is closely tied to the first approach, except that it frequently involves exposing people to a piece of misinformation about the flu vaccine in an effort to discredit it. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter seasons.

Patients without access to a military treatment facility can get the influenza vaccine from a participating retail network pharmacy or their health care provider. In Texas, they include 4-year-old Leon Robert Sidari, the son of two Air Force physicians, who died on Christmas Day. It can be a risky illness for anyone, but it can be especially harmful for babies who are too young for the vaccine, older adults, pregnant women, and people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, or a weakened immune system.

"It's nicer to get it done a little earlier in the season so that you're protected a little earlier, but it is absolutely not too late to get it". And do it with confidence - the vaccine is safe, you can't get flu from the vaccine.

"The vaccine has been given to many people every year with a very good safety record", he said.

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