Flu vaccine concerns answered by local doctor

Flu vaccine concerns answered by local doctor

You can get a flu shot at many local pharmacies. With only 8-39 percent of students on average protected, the flu has the potential to spread like wildfire.

Conventional vaccines attempt to guess the handful of most dominant strains coming in a single season.

The Clinton County Health Department recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccination each year.

So far, 90 Albertans have been admitted to hospital and three people have died.

Dr. Denise Pate, Internal Medicine Doctor at Medical Offices of Manhattan, tells PEOPLE she's encountered several patients who were wary of the shot due to long-circulated rumors that it causes illness.

"No I want to never never get sick like that", she said. "Because the virus is inactive, it absolutely can not transmit the infection".

The vaccine will also be available in NHB's Immunization Clinic after November 9, 2017, on the second floor of the Family Care Center, from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. "It protects pregnant women before and after birth, and it protects their child from the flu after birth".

Officials said in Clinton County two flu cases have now been reported as of the beginning of November.

The last flu season had at least 24 confirmed flu-related deaths in the Triad - 14 in Guilford County, six in Forsyth County and four in Randolph County.

You help to protect yourself and the health of those around you when you get a flu shot.

"The response that you have is basically you may be slightly under the weather".

"Some years we get about 85% [efficacy], some years we only get it about 60% right - and I think that can be really confusing to the American public", Sophie Godley, clinical assistant professor at Boston University's school of public health, said in an interview Tuesday.

"It's extremely rare that anyone would develop a more serious reaction". However, the COBRA vaccines elicited antibodies that neutralized 100 percent of the H3N2 viruses circulating over a five-year period, Ross said.

What are the side effects of a flu shot?

Young children are particularly vulnerable to flu and are most likely to spread flu to others.

Flu season is underway in the province and new numbers from Alberta Health Services reveal the virus is hitting Calgary particularly hard. In some cases, the flu leads to death. Remember, protection starts about two weeks after you get the vaccine.

Let's just say we've gone through more boxes of Kleenex tissues this year than we care to share.

Winnipeg's health authority is running fewer flu shot clinics this year than last year, but the authority says the number of people getting their shots hasn't dropped.

"Flu is on its way", he added.

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