Virginia Officials Urge Residents to Get Flu Shots

06 October, 2018, 19:11 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Generally, the very old, the very young or those with major medical problems like diabetes, heart disease or immune conditions would make up the overwhelming portion of those severely ill with flu. "This year, the flu vaccine has been updated and there are more vaccine choices".

However, in the final model, among 23,712 matched pairs of HD to SD vaccinated seniors, the HD vaccine was reported to be 30.7% more effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalization. That's because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective.

The CDC recommends anyone older than 6 months should be vaccinated.

During the 2017-2018 influenza season, Richland County saw 198 confirmed cases of influenza, with infection ranging from age 4 months to 95 years old.

In addition to getting the flu shot, health professionals urge everyone to maintain safe, healthy practices such as frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and maintaining proper nutrition and exercise.

"Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but it's certainly recommended to get it each year", Adkins said.

He also pointed out there are secondary benefits.

"The numbers were so high past year of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths across the county, there's a real push throughout the entire country - if not the world - to get vaccinated, wash your hands [and] stay home if you're sick", said Michael Heck, RN BSN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. "You'll be less likely to have complications from pneumonia, you'll be less likely to die".

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Similar to Lafene, the RCHD hosts clinics for flu vaccines.

State health officials gathered Wednesday, October 3, to highlight the importance of the vaccine and to receive a flu shot themselves. People with the flu feel awful. He also pointed out that vaccinating a pregnant woman will mean protecting her newborn infant after their birth.

How bad will this year's flu season be?

But medical experts can look at other parts of the world in order to gauge what will happen in the United States during flu season.

"The records of deaths were more startling", said an October 4, 1918, report in the Chicago Daily Tribune.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Washington County Health Department at 918-335-3005.

Mann adds that "the important thing is get it and get it now".

It's back, it's on campus, and it's coming for you - it's influenza, more commonly known as the flu.



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