Various Parish Health Clinics To Dedicate Day To Free Flu Shots

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2019

The Boston Department of Public Health is encouraging people to get their vaccines amidst the onset of flu season. A 2017 study in children showed that children with influenza who had received the vaccinations were much less likely to die from the infection than those who contracted influenza and were not vaccinated.

The flu is spread directly from one person to another when infected people cough or sneeze, and can spread before symptoms even appear. If you're a college student, most colleges offer free flu shots on-campus, while many employers offer free flu shots to their staff, says Dr. Sonpal.

What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

There is still time to get your flu shot before the next flu season leaves its mark on Ohio.

Flu season runs from fall through spring, and the CDC said, so far, most flu cases are in Louisiana. "It may or may not completely protect you from getting the flu, but it would lessen your risk of getting a severe form of the flu that would lead to complications or hospitalization or death". "It takes a couple weeks for the vaccine to work in your body".

"Most importantly, what we want to do is reduce the impact", Haushalter said. The flu can be deadly to some individuals. "This year in particular, I think people really should make a concerted effort to try to get vaccinated".

Flu vaccine is a covered benefit provided at no cost every year through most insurance plans for adults over the age of 18 and is also covered by Medicare part B. There have been two deaths so far compared to zero for the same period a year ago. The CDC estimates that 70 percent to 90 percent of annual flu deaths are in people over 65. It can in fact be life-threatening and can spread very easily, resulting in thousands of people ending up in hospital each year, writes Dr Catherine Calderwood. "Based on what we are seeing we will need to make sure plans are put in place early and as resilient as they can be". It wasn't a rough year last year.

If you're enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or nearly any private plan, your provider will cover the cost of the flu shot entirely, even if you go to your doctor for the shot.

With flu season creeping in, medical professionals are urging the public to take preventive measures.

The flu shot is more powerful than the nasal spray flu vaccine.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, more than 40 people have already been diagnosed with influenza since October 11.

The next Student Health Services Student Flu Clinic for students at Boston University is November 4 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.in the basement of the George Sherman Union.

Stephanie Ross, also a certified nurse practitioner at Franciscan Health, said there are often misconceptions about the flu vaccine that linger each year, including the notion that the flu vaccine contains harmful additives, which simply isn't true, she said.

CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician's office or clinic about getting the flu vaccine. The type of shots needed depends upon the child's grade level.

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