Flu season is here, officials recommend vaccination
Flu season is here, officials recommend vaccination
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13 October, 2017, 00:23
Flu vaccination clinics started across the province on Monday and will be held at pharmacies, family physician offices, nurse practitioner offices and more over the next three months across P.E.I.
If you have health insurance, check with your primary health care provider if you can get the vaccination at no cost.
Nationally, there were nearly 600,000 flu-related hospitalizations last season, Dr. Dan Jernigan, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said in a recent news conference.
"The flu is out there so it's time to get your flu shot", said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Mandy Cohen.
It wants employers to report how many people don't get the vaccines - at some hospitals only 30% of staff have the jab while at others it is nearer to 90%.
Its a quick prick to protect yourself from the flu all season long, but not all flu vaccines are the same.
"It's extremely important that people get vaccinated", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, as quoted by Fox 5 San Diego "Influenza can generate severe complications, including death, especially for people with underlying medical conditions."
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It's not so much about you getting the shot; it's about the people you could be giving the flu to. All children aged two to eight years are also being offered protection with a simple nasal spray flu vaccine - so no needle.
According to the Mayo Clinic, over 3 million people in America catch the flu every year.
"Student Health Services has put on different flu shot clinics". "You can prevent missing work or school, visits to the doctor or hospitalizations, and protecting others from coming down with the flu". One of the best preventative measures is to get a flu vaccination.
Influenza symptoms include high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue, a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat.
The flu vaccine aside, the best defense against flu viruses is good hygiene practices.
Influenza spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes.
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