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Health officials urge residents to get flu shots

Health officials urge residents to get flu shots

Why? Last year was one of the worst flu seasons on record, yet fewer Americans got a flu shot than in years past.

The 2017-18 flu season was one of the most severe in the US and it hit early, per a recent bulletin issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A national survey of 700 parents by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital showed that more than half the respondents said the flu shot can cause flu.

Health officials are using that report as a warning and reminder to urge people to get their flu shot now as flu cases are starting to pop up.

While vaccines do not guarantee a flu-free winter, they still by 40 to 60 percent.

“Thats also not the flu.

The flu season began last week and Florida is the first state to report the death of an unvaccinated child from the flu.

Lo said anyone who gets the flu vaccination is helping their community.

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"Now is the flawless time to get vaccinated ... it gives your body enough time to respond to the vaccine and mount a good immune response so you're ready for the flu season", Fry said. "But if you have an infected person sleeping in the same bed with you, sharing meals with you, sitting in the same auto as you, watching TV on the same couch, your likelihood of getting the flu is much higher". It's really about utilizing all the things you now have to reduce the number of influenza illnesses.

"You may not think the flu shot is worth it for you, but do you want to risk infecting someone else who could die from the illness?" she said.

“If you get your flu vaccine on Monday and on Wednesday you start sneezing, you did not start to develop the flu from the vaccine.

"It makes sense that last year a lot of people infected with H3N2 would have built up immunity, but that won't necessarily be helpful if this year the dominant virus switches to H1N1". Its completely possible to pick up something either right before or right after you got your shot. "In contrast, flu symptoms are more debilitating, and potentially life threatening to those at risk of complications". If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with your sleeve, not your hands. Stay home if you are sick. About five UWL students are hospitalized each year because of the flu, according to UWL Campus News.

Many students take other precautions to protect themselves from the flu. Elderly people, babies, and people with certain health conditions are more prone to catching the flu.

Leah Giambarresi, division pharmacy manager at Osco Pharmacies, said the pharmacy tries to get involved with the communities it serves by partnering with the City and local organizations to increase accessibility to these types of vaccines. Vaccines are simply a weakened form of three or four of the most common influenza strains of the season.

Other ways to prevent the flu is avoid touching the face, clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, and get plenty of sleep.


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