Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies. Next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Those at highest risk for having complications from the flu include children under 5 years old, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. People who have a severe allergy to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients should not get the flu vaccine.
While just 60 percent of New Jersey seniors surveyed without an undergraduate degree have gotten a flu shot, compared with 72 percent of those who graduated from college. "If we don't get vaccinated, we are needlessly putting ourselves at risk of serious illness, but we are also gambling with the health of children and others around us who can't get vaccinated". Influenza A was found in 91.5% of public health lab samples, compared with 8.5% of samples showing influenza B. Of the influenza A virus samples subtyped, 82.2% are 2009 H1N1.
"Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect ourselves from the flu", said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD.
This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'".
The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies
Wintertime has arrived in Vermont, and so has flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the week of December 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.
How well the influenza vaccine works (or its ability to prevent influenza illness) can range widely from season to season. There were 27 flu-related deaths in Wyoming in 2017-18, making it a highly severe season, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.
Though the vaccine is imperfect, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.
While the vaccine is not ideal, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill. Protect yourself and all those around you. "I also refer them to the Centers for Disease Control website, cdc.gov, which provides up to date information for healthcare providers and the public", said Mayer.