State officials urge people to get flu shot

State officials urge people to get flu shot

State officials urge people to get flu shot

As we head into the final months of 2018, the chances of contracting the flu become a greater possibility. Hayden advised students to get the shot early in October, before the height of the flu season and the midterm season. We have peaked before in December, and we have peaked in March. "Last year, we got hit hard by the H3N2 (virus)".

"Flu spreads very easily, especially among children". It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine-not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu. "We will start that about October 15".

Over 340 students have gotten vaccinated so far, which is a better turnout than the health center had at this time past year, according to Angie Brown, the director of student health services at Mary Walker Health Center. McFee recommends you get the flu shot as soon as you can.

Save time by completing the flu consent form in advance and bring with you on day of clinic.

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Statewide, there were more than 11,400 influenza and pneumonia deaths during the 2017-18 flu season, about 500 more than in the previous season, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. "But again, it is very hard to predict which exact strains will circulate because the virus can easily mutate". Strains of the flu virus are constantly changing, so a new flu vaccine is made each year.

The flu deaths last season were nearly 10,000 higher than the estimated number who died from drug overdoses and almost double the number of those estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes.

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

If you haven't yet received any pneumococcal vaccine you should get the Prevnar 13 first, followed by Pneumovax 23 six to 12 months later.

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It is also important to mention that the flu vaccine can not cause flu illness. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even in January or later.

Or, for additional protection, you should consider the "quadrivalent flu vaccine" that protects against four types of influenza - the same three strains as the standard trivalent flu shot, plus an additional B-strain virus.

Young children, adults aged 65 years or older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions are at risk for more serious complications from the flu, requiring hospitalization or even resulting in death.

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