County health unit seeing steady declines in flu shot numbers

Flu season on the horizon

"We can stomp out the flu, or limit its opportunity to spread, if everyone gets the flu vaccine", said Richard Lockwood, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults receives an annual flu vaccine, according to a review of NY state health data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Chris Faldon, nurse consultant at NHS Borders, said: "Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease".

"Last winter was a particularly bad year for flu, with a rise in the number of cases and hospitalisations". Given the long and complicated production process of vaccines, the way they are generally created is based off of public agencies trying to predict which specific strains of the flu will make an appearance in the oncoming flu season. Still, despite the vaccine's performance, health officials continue to recommend the yearly flu shot as it offers more protection against the flu than skipping the vaccine.

If you still have concerns about the shot, here are seven myths it's time to debunk about the flu vaccine.

One reason so many died is because the vaccines did not match the dominant flu strain and were only 40 percent effective. However, that doesn't mean that the flu vaccine is a dud.

"Flu vaccination will also be available from GP surgeries and local pharmacies offering the service and if you work in frontline health or social care speak to your employer about arrangements for you to get vaccinated".

In addition to the vaccination, you can help fend off the flu by keeping your immune defenses strong. "It is a must for anyone in the vulnerable groups and the best way to stay protected".

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An especially nasty flu strain, the H3N2 virus, wreaked havoc throughout the country last season.

Record numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July.

The 2017-18 influenza season was a particularly unsafe flu season. Wilson had pushed for the laws to silence critics of his administration and its plans to enter World War I. But as John M. Barry writes in "The Great Influenza", the laws also were used to keep information about the flu from scaring the public.

And they are encouraging patients to check whether they are also eligible to have a flu vaccination to protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

The corporate offices for Walgreens and CVS, both of which offer flu shots, didn't respond to a query about the specific vaccinations they provide.

Even including the mandatory 15-minute after-vaccination waiting period, getting your flu shot on campus will take less than 25 minutes. The report details the results of an internet panel survey of health care personnel conducted for the CDC from March 27 to April 17, 2018, similar to surveys conducted since the 2010-2011 flu season. They can not cause the flu. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the US ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

Parker mentioned that before she began working for the Jefferson County Health Unit, around 1,000 people would show up to receive their annual flu shot.

When it comes to the flu vaccine, the rewards definitely outweigh any potential risks. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.

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