Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

CDC gives recommendations on upcoming flu season

CDC gives recommendations on upcoming flu season

The short answer, according to the CDC: "It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like".

"Flu shots are the best way to protect yourself, your family and the community at large from becoming seriously ill with the flu", said Dr. Bela Matyas, health officer for Solano County, in a press release.

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

The flu vaccine will be available for ages 6 months and up, and high-dose is available for individuals 65 years and older.

Also available are walk-in flu clinics at the health department office at 1001 E. Grant St.in Watseka from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to noon and 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. throughout the flu season.

At the open forum, Marzouki said one has to get immunised every year because the flu virus mutates.

As we say get ready to welcome fall, is it too soon to start talking about the flu shot already?

Vaccines to fight the flu can also protect women during and after pregnancy and protect a baby after delivery, the CDC said.

In recent weeks, health care providers have been reporting about 60 flu cases a week, compared with about 20 a week a year ago, he said.

This year VA is offering one vaccine: the quadrivalent, standard-dose product with the brand name Afluria. "We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot".

Can you still get the flu after a flu shot?

According to NBC, even though flu vaccines can potentially cause some mild side effects, like a runny nose, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, the nasal spray will not cause the flu.

"You have to be at least 2 years of age, and no older than 49".

The department will bill a patient's health insurance for the vaccine, but the patient will not have to pay out of pocket. That's why it's better to get vaccinated in September or early October before the flu season really kicks in.

"We hope people will get the vaccine, not just for themselves, but to protect people in their household and people they care for", Dillaha said.

To locate a vaccination site that offers both flu and pneumonia shots, go to vaccines.gov and type in your ZIP code.

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