Celebrate National Influencza Vaccination Week With A Flu Shot

71 per cent fall in number of flu cases

People who have not had their influenza vaccine this season should get it as soon as possible; it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

This year, Rite Aid is once again teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, to raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated.

Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

"Last flu season was severe, and the USA saw a record number of flu-related hospitalizations and pediatric deaths", said Dr. Jennifer Shuford, DSHS Infectious Disease Medical Officer.

Providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH lab. There are a few theories on why this happens, including decreased strain on overall heart function and minimizing the effects of inflammation on potentially risky plaques within the arteries.

Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies.

In addition, everyday precautions can help stop the spread of flu.

Vaccines delivered via nasal spray incorporate live virus cells which could trigger the flu. But if you've been too busy, don't count yourself out.

It has been a relatively flu-free fall so far, but it's beginning to look like flu season at hospitals in the central San Joaquin Valley.

According to ACIP, the most commonly reported reason for not receiving influenza vaccination before or during pregnancy was the belief that the vaccine is not effective (20.2%). When the flu season starts, you know it.



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