Student Health Service strives to make flu shots more accessible


Student Health Service strives to make flu shots more accessible

Changes had been made to this year's seasonal flu vaccine to better cover some strains of influenza experienced overseas earlier this year, she said.

White Hall resident Lee Samuels said he had never received a flu shot until the recent mass flu clinic sponsored by the Jefferson County Health Unit.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths past year, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives.

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When Should You Get a Flu Shot? By the first week of October 2017, people had already begun needing hospitalization for the flu. And there are data presented here again, that confirm the notion that, for example, the high-dose vaccine clearly works better in adults.

Nationwide, health care officials are urging families to get their flu shot by the end of October, and local health professionals would agree.

"Currently, vaccination is the best prevention of viral diseases".

Children aged 2 and 3 will receive the vaccine through their GP, while children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive it in school. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been. Given the long and complicated production process of vaccines, the way they are generally created is based off of public agencies trying to predict which specific strains of the flu will make an appearance in the oncoming flu season. "Flu vaccines are especially important for those of us as we age who have other conditions which become more complicated: cardiac, pulmonary and kidney disorders, along with cancers and diabetes". "Some people may feel a little achy for a day or two afterwards; some people may even have a low grade fever - but that's not influenza - that's the body making antibodies, getting strong, and getting ready to fight off the flu".

The province says 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter, the highest number in three years. In comparison, flu deaths during the last few seasons were anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000.

Concerns about fading effectiveness are "definitely something to consider, but it's not something at this point that we really know how to balance out with other issues, " said Dr. Lisa Grohskopf, a medical officer in the CDC's Influenza Division. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects.

Flu season is right around the corner and Public Health Sudbury and Districts is advising Sudburians of all ages to get their flu shot. "It's not a guarantee that you're not going to get the flu, but I see it as it's that one extra layer of protection".

This season, protect yourself - and those around you - from influenza.

To patients who say that receiving the vaccine every year is not good, Dr. Jean Longtin responds: it is true that studies have raised this question, but there are more studies that say the opposite, and the sum of these studies tipped the scales in favor of annual vaccination.



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