Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

by Noah Mcgee January 11, 2018, 0:26
Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country.

"We're seeing quite a few more patients", Dr. Brian Kaminski, medical director of the emergency department at Toledo Hospital, said. Only pediatric flu deaths are required to be reported, but Tarrant County Public Health does receive some voluntary information from its healthcare community partners.

Each year is different, but reported cases of the influenza virus usually peak in February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 46 states, and officials predict the season could be as severe as 2014-15.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. CDC says that flu activity in the USA increased sharply during the first week of January, and is now categorized as widespread in 46 states.

The CDC advises people 6 months and older get vaccinated.

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"High fever, body aches, generally feeling very exhausted", Dr. Cannon said.

If you catch the virus after having the shot, it may not lessen your symptoms, but it will help stop the spread to others.

"According to the latest data, the now circulating viruses in Hong Kong, including the influenza B and influenza A H1 and H3 viruses, were antigenically similar to the components of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine adopted in the 2017-18 Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme", the spokesman said. It's true that the vaccine was only 10 per cent effective in preventing influenza A.

To protect yourself against the flu avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.

This season started early with a mix of influenza A and B strains, with influenza B more prevalent now.

Baber said people should not be swayed against getting a shot based on a common misconception floated worldwide. Even with the flu vaccine, he says people are still getting sick. They should promptly seek medical advice if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications.


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