CCHD offering flu vaccine starting October 1

Brunswick County Health Services will begin offering flu vaccines on Oct. 1

The increase isn't a subtle one either.

The number of deaths last winter is higher than any flu season going back to 1976-1977, before which there is not easily available data, according to the AP.

Jennifer Stiles with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health says they have plenty of vaccine for the season, but says it's tough to tell exactly what this flu season could bring.

It's virtually impossible to predict the coming flu season. Other possible serious complications triggered by flu can include inflammation of the heart (myocarditis), brain (encephalitis) or muscle (myositis, rhabdomyolysis) tissues, and multi-organ failure (for example, respiratory and kidney failure). He added, "It's frustrating because it's preventable". Every year, thousands of people die. It is especially important for infants, young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

"We know there are very, very few contraindiciations to flu vaccine", Burstein said.

"Since children can't make the decision to get vaccinated themselves, it's up to parents and health care providers to make it happen", said Kris Ehresmann, MDH's director of infectious disease, in a statement released by the agency on Thursday. Roughly 44% of healthcare personnel reported they were required to get a flu shot, with workers in long-term care settings the least likely to have a requirement for vaccination. Flu season starts Monday and peaks around Mardi Gras.

A year ago was a unsafe one for those battling influenza. There were also 900,000 hospitalizations.

The makeup of the vaccine has been changed this year to try to better protect against expected strains. "It also depends on the actual strain there is", Priest said. "Influenza-like illness (ILI) was at or above the national baseline for 19 weeks, making the 2017-2018 season one of the longest in recent years", stated the CDC in a Summary of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. Experts are predicting not quite as bad.

CDC recommends that people be vaccinated anytime between now and the end of October.

Despite constant reminders from public health officials to get vaccinated, last winter recorded the highest death toll associated with the disease in the last four decades.

You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. Wash your dang hands. His office wants to help residents beat the flu by participating in its "Drive-thru Flu Clinic" being held on November 1st from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Calaveras County Government Center located at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. When people who are already frail they may never return to their pre-flu functional level. And stay healthy and happy.

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