Flu Shot Season is Upon Us

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People who experience flu symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away. Being vaccinated significantly reduces a child's risk of dying from the flu, according to a 2017 CDC study.

So the CDC is urging people to act now, just before the October start of the 2018-19 flu season, and get vaccinated.

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.

Every flu season is different and health officials never know how bad a flu season is going to be or how long it's going to last, which is why it is important for everyone six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine every year, Glynn County health officials said.

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. Generally speaking, flu season starts in October and peaks around January or February, but it's not too early to get the flu vaccine, they said.

Vaccines to fight the flu can also protect women during and after pregnancy and protect a baby after delivery, the CDC said. The study analyzed data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014 and found that "flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half, or 51 percent, among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds, 65 percent, among healthy children".

Harborview Medical Center has already treated one case of the flu this year.

If you're looking for a location near you that offers flu vaccines, check your local pharmacy.

The Richland County Health Department has scheduled the annual Mass Flu Shot Clinic on October 4, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Flu shots are also available during normal clinic hours for those who can not attend on October 4th.

The seasonal vaccines are meant to protect against the influenza strains experts believe will be the most common during the flu season.

It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body protection against the flu.

In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the health department will soon be offering the high-dose flu vaccine for $70 per dose.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. "Flu shot doesn't typically wear off", said Dr. Devin Minior.

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