Winnike: Flu Season is Here; Prevent what is Preventable

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"It is possible to have the flu a couple of times in the season".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu in the 2017-2018 flu season, the highest number in four decades.

A new survey released by Clover Health reveals that just 66 percent of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season.

People with compromised immune systems are advised to talk with their doctor about whether a flu shot is appropriate.

Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel is an important measure of a hospital's health care quality, according to CDPH. According to the health unit, getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy protects both the mother and the infant for the first six months of life.

The Iroquois County Public Health Department, located in the Administrative Center at 1001 E. Grant St.in Watseka, has flu vaccines available to the public on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m.to noon and 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

National Influenza Vaccination Week Monmouth County encourages residents to get their vaccines

"Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related consequences".

Experts say flu activity will likely increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the health department says there is still time to get a flu shot to avoid the illness. With cases already reported in the state, health officials are urging Vermonters to get their annual flu vaccine. One hundred years ago, scientists had not yet discovered viruses, let alone developed tests, treatments or vaccinations for influenza. Brownwood-Brown County Health Department encourages Brown County residents who have not yet been vaccinated for the flu to get vaccinated now.

Looking at the new NORC report, Webby worries about "the quarter of people [age] 60-plus that are not getting vaccinated".

Correcting misinformation about the flu vaccines is hard, and the academic literature provides mixed signals about approaches to tackling this problem. We Texans who get the flu shot are protecting our communities and our state, as well as ourselves. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

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