Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Boone County Prepapres For Flu Season By Opening Rural Immunization Clinics

Boone County Prepapres For Flu Season By Opening Rural Immunization Clinics

The increase isn't a subtle one either. In comparison, during previous flu seasons, public health officials record about 12,000 to 56,000 flu-related deaths. We do have a very limited number of flu shots available for those with no insurance coverage, and they will be given first come, first served.

"The flu is deadly". He added, "It's frustrating because it's preventable". "We've had years where it affected more healthy people, like H1N1".

Vulnerable populations like children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems were especially affected by last year's flu.

"We make sure we have enough vaccines to get us through the end of the season", she said. The proportion of USA children (aged six months to 17 years) who received vaccinations varied widely by state, from 42 percent in Wyoming to 76 percent in Rhode Island, and the national average was 58 percent. Last winter's flu was particularly active. For starters, the flu seasons was longer than usual.

"Last year, there were a couple of issues". The rate among pregnant women also fell from last season, with just less than half getting a flu shot compared to 53% during the 2016-2017 season.

In Metairie Towers, dozens of residents are taking advantage of flu vaccine day in the lobby. "It also depends on the actual strain there is", Priest said. The vaccination was 25% effective in cases of Influenza A H3N2, 65% effective against Influenza A H1N1, and 49% effective against all Influenza B virus types, according to the CDC. "As a outcome, the accumulating research now shows that there's an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke during the two to four weeks after recovery from acute influenza", said Dr. Schaffner.

This is perhaps not the most encouraging news as the seasons begin to change and we head into another flu seasons.

And how bad is it going to be? Experts are predicting not quite as bad.

After years of conducting the clinic at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, this year was the first year the clinic was held at the health unit's 2306 Riker Drive location, according to Jefferson County Health Unit Administrator Angela Parker. Good Shepherd administers the vaccine to emergency room patients during flu season.

In addition to standard injected forms of the vaccine, the CDC earlier this year reinstated its recommendation for Flumist Quadrivalent. You can also get flu shots as walk-in patients now. Wash your dang hands. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others.

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