Precautions during flu season

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In the United States, 80,000 people died due to flu related symptoms. It's important for us to protect each other this year.

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older. Beyond fatalities, another record was set a year ago in 900,000 total hospitalizations.

You should also know that if you're a Medicare beneficiary, Part B covers all flu vaccinations, but if you have private health insurance, you'll need to check with your plan to see which vaccines they do or don't cover.

The holidays and the cold weather associated with fall and winter seasons can be stressful.

Influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older.

Beyond this, he added that the influenza vaccine itself is "good" but "not flawless". While the AFLURIA vaccine is administered by a jet injector, which is a medical device that uses a high-pressure, narrow stream of fluid to penetrate the skin instead of a needle. This year the vaccine contains the strain from last year among others. Acknowledging that while the flu shot does not work 100 percent of the time, Balkrishnan said it is the best available option for preventing flu. Both vaccines provide a stronger immune response for better protection.

The CDC recommends that all seniors, 65 or older, get two vaccinations -Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23.

Last year, about 70 people obtained the flu at the University of Wyoming. We believe that by providing free flu shots that we will reach families who may not have the means to otherwise get their flu shot.

"The answer is easy, get vaccinated before Halloween and certainly before Thanksgiving".

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He also pointed out there are secondary benefits. "Every school should supply students with free flu vaccines".

"Regardless of the severity of the season, we should all be vaccinated every year", he added.

For third-year College student Monica Sebastian, who occasionally gets the flu vaccine, it comes down to accessibility. In 1918, the flu killed an estimated 500,00 people in the US and millions more worldwide. "When a pregnant woman gets vaccinated, she is protecting herself as well as her future baby".

Flu season normally begins in early October and ends in late May. "And that way you're ready whether it starts early this year or starts a little later". "I don't have time to get sick with the flu".

King said health professionals are unable to predict exactly how helpful the vaccine is for this year's flu.

"You won't be spreading it to those who will get very ill. No one wants to be a dreaded 'spreader, '" he said.

Avoid people who are sick. "Do it for yourself and to promote a healthier community". The highest number of flu cases are usually reported between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"Influenza is caused by a virus, and care is geared towards the symptoms", Steane said.

Within the first three days of their walk-in clinic, staff at Lafene Health Center administered 122 shots, which is 40 percent more than they did during the clinic's first week in 2017. A single flu shot can go a long way in preventing the disease and even a possible fatality.

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