Hoosiers Encouraged To Get Flu Vaccine

Henrietta Strickland
October 8, 2019

Fishbain said he's seen reports from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a few cases of the virus in MI already.

However, the study conducted by Insights West in August, among a representative sample of more than 600 Albertan adults, revealed that four in 10 (37 per cent) of Albertans won't be getting the shot this year - citing common misconceptions as the reason why. "A death so early in the flu season suggests this year may be worse than usual".

Health officials say the virus can be deadly. "They take the strands and create the vaccine out of it".

Flu shots can be obtained through primary care providers and many pharmacies.

I didn't suffer any aftereffects, not even a sore arm.

"When the flu will actually circulate we wont know until its really here and that varies every year to when we really first start seeing it", said Carol Bess with Bellin's disease aversion team. Back then I was naive.

Do I need a flu vaccine?

I'll never forget the stunned look on the doctor's face when he informed me that I had pneumonia or how I suffered from it. I decided not to test that luck again.

Yes, the flu shot is not failproof. While the current year's strain is less viable than year's past, the CDC says it brings down an individual's danger of getting seasonal influenza by 40% to 60 %.

This week, the Oklahoma health department is conducting a "statewide full-scale disaster exercise with local county health departments and the regional medical response system".

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year - at least by the end of October since it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body. Twenty-one locations will be offering free flu shots to the public.

And of course there are always other ways to stop the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases. Because of this, safeguarding them from the flu is especially important.

The flu season typically lasts from December to March.

Anyone who got Guillain-Barre syndrome within six months of a previous flu shot and anyone with a life-threatening allergy to vaccine ingredients should not get one, WebMD advises.

What's the flu season forecast?

"I have not gotten this season's flu virus went for a long time now yet my significant other and my children do get influenza shots", said Vilum Gupta.

Joe Hight is director and member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, an editor who led a Pulitzer Prize-winning project, the journalism ethics chair at the University of Central Oklahoma, president/owner of Best of Books, and author of the upcoming book "Unnecessary Sorrow".

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