County health department is offering clinics for flu vaccine

Health Officials Say Now is The Time to Get Your Flu Shot

It's especially important for people 65 and older (50 and older is recommended by the CDC) to get the flu shot, since their ability to fight the virus is lower.

As we say get ready to welcome fall, is it too soon to start talking about the flu shot already? The study analyzed data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014 and found that "flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half, or 51 percent, among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds, 65 percent, among healthy children". But this isn't because the vaccinations don't work for most people.

MoHP-Health Centres/Clinics/Public Health assistant undersecretary Dr Hussain Abdulrahman Al Rand issued the reminder on Wednesday at the launch of the annual "Get the Vaccine, Not the Flu" national awareness campaign. Uninsured children may receive subsidized vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program.

River Bend Assisted Living in Rochester is listening to these recommendations and hosting a community event so people can get educated on the 2018-2019 flu vaccination. But officials warn that it's still better to get a flu shot than risk getting the flu without one. The cost will depend on the individual's insurance. Customers get a $5 off $25 coupon when they get the shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. Your immune response declines, leaving you vulnerable again as if you never received the vaccine.

Flu viruses are rapidly changing, and it's tough to make a highly effective vaccine against it.

There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine.

Last year's flu season was worse than many previous years in Ionia County with almost 3,000 cases reported to the health department, according to Bevington.

Of the 180 children who died in the past year, 80 percent had not been vaccinated during the season, the CDC said. The illness is not from the flu vaccine. The others protect against three.

According to the CDC, people who become sick after they get vaccinated were either exposed to the virus before the vaccine took effect or were exposed to a virus the vaccine wasn't created to protect against.

Among the benefits of getting vaccinated for the flu: Getting a vaccine doesn't mean you won't get the flu, but if you do get sick it could be less severe, experts say.

A Centers for Disease Control doctor said the past flu season was one of the deadliest.

It takes 10 to 14 days for the vaccine to take full effect in the body. The observation hasn't been extensively researched, but it's possible that senior citizens who are vaccinated in September may not be well protected in February.

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