Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season

Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season

Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season

The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at healthcare providers and community pharmacies. Who is at the highest risk for having complications from it?

"The first thing we do is recommend everyone get their flu shot", said Cynthia Borgen, Beltrami County Public Health Director.

Visitors with flu symptoms and visitors younger than 12 years of age are prohibited from visiting these high-risk areas: all intensive care units, oncology inpatient floors and pediatric units. Now that the new flu season is already underway, the medical community is still urging the unvaccinated members of the public to get immunized. "It is possible to have the flu a few times in the season".

Are all health care providers required to get vaccinated?

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According to Kaweah Delta's Infection Prevention Manager, Shawn Elkin, Kaweah Delta's staff influenza vaccination rate has been 98 percent, which exceeds the national Healthy People goal of 90 percent.

To avoid getting sick, the department suggested, get a flu vaccine, wash hands often, cough or sneeze into tissues, clean shared surfaces, and avoid people who are sick with the flu.

Webby said a "slightly reassuring signal" this year is that the H1N1 strain is the dominant strain of flu circulating.

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people.

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Therefore, even when "myth-busting" works, the effects might not last a very long time. "This flu vaccine is a good match; it was updated this year to provide better coverage to the different strains of the flu", she said.

The shots at the parish health units on December 13 are no cost to everyone who participates. There were 27 flu-related deaths in Wyoming in 2017-18, making it a highly severe season, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a ideal match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

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. In some cases, people were exposed to the flu before their immune system had time to build a response to the flu vaccine.

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Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.

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