Public Health announces flu shot clinics

Students wait to enter the Health Center

Students wait to enter the Health Center

Area residents will also have the opportunity to receive flu shots at the seventh annual Okt-FLU-Ber Festival, hosted by the Riley County Health Department.

About 40 percent of US residents received a seasonal flu vaccination a year ago.

"A lot of people are uninformed about the danger and the widespread nature (of the flu)".

With the government-funded influenza vaccination program set to begin on October 15, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday urged people aged 50 and above to get vaccinated. However, it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so you could still catch the flu during this period.

Despite general advice for college students to get vaccinated, as residence halls serve as a breeding ground for viruses like the flu, many choose not to protect themselves against a potentially fatal virus. UHS has advised students to review flu season guidelines as they traverse campus and come in contact with people who are infected.

The CDC's slogan for this year's flu vaccination campaign is "Let me protect you", he said.

Getting the flu is never a pleasant experience, but for pregnant women, the illness can be particularly bad.

US health officials are trying to increase the rate of flu vaccinations this year after a severe outbreak last season killed a record number of children and led to spot shortages of antiviral medications like Tamiflu. However, last season she said "there were three consecutive weeks when the entire continental U.S. was affected by flu at a very high level". Although the flu season doesn't normally get into full swing until after November, now is the time to get vaccinated.

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What does the flu shot do?

Students can start combating the flu before they even get it.

Flu vaccinations are encouraged for everyone ages 6 months and older. Like the branded version, the generic is for treating patients within 48 hours of when flu-like symptoms appear, like fevers, chills, coughing, muscle aches, congestion, headaches and fatigue. This year's flu vaccine is created to protect against four different flu viruses.

But experts say focusing only on that measure misses too many other benefits of the vaccine that are less well-known.

Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. About 80 percent of the children killed hadn't received a shot.

Currently, flu patterns in the Southern hemisphere depict the 2018 flu shot should be effective. After the virus has been replicated, manufacturers purify the protein produced from the flu gene, which is used in the vaccine.

It's not easy to compare flu seasons through history, partly because the nation's population is changing. Preventing its spread requires good hygiene and high vaccination rates.

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