Health Department offering stronger flu shots

Boy cries as he gets flu vaccination

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If persons have coverage for the flu vaccine through Medicare or one of the following listed insurance companies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department can bill them directly.

"The flu is so common now that most people view it more as a nuisance than a unsafe virus, but in reality, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized every year for flu-related causes, with many cases proving fatal", Alec Ginsberg, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries pharmacist, tells Bustle.

Aside from the standard recommendations - wash your hands, don't go to work if you're sick, etc. - Lynch said the best defense against the flu is the vaccine.

Months after the state's deadliest flu season in at least 30 years, health officials said Wednesday that they already are seeing an unusual uptick in cases as they prepare for the next season. It typically takes about two weeks for the vaccine to build antibodies and begin offering protection.

Last year's flu season was particularly rough, Lynch said, which is one reason why you shouldn't wait to see how severe this season will be.

The Richland County Health Department has scheduled the annual Mass Flu Shot Clinic on October 4, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Flu shots are also available during normal clinic hours for those who can not attend on October 4th. FluMist nasal spray will not be available at this year's vaccine clinics. For children, the CDC says the vaccine can be life-saving and reduces the risk for hospitalization.

"Last year was more prominent", she said.

"Influenza vaccine's impact gets better the more people who get vaccinated". Certain people are more likely to have serious health problems if they get the flu.

Quadrivalent shots: These are created to provide protection against the same viruses dealt by the trivalent shots and a fourth one, a variant of the influenza B virus. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus.

"It does protect kids under 6-months old who can't get the flu shot, people who are very elderly and people who can't get the flu shot because they are more prone to complications and it also protects people in the community who can't get the flu shot because they are allergic to it".

Websites such as https://vaccinefinder.org can help locate where doses are available in your neighborhood.

As per this survey, it shows that young adults have been shown to have lower flu immunization rates compared to other ages, making it less accessible for students. But last season's first flu cases were not confirmed until late October.

"We are asking residents not to put off getting their flu vaccine".

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