Flu Shot Essential for People With Diabetes

Influenza or flu has affected billions of people worldwide

Influenza or flu has affected billions of people worldwide

"While vaccine effectiveness may vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40 percent and 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine", the CDC says online.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. The number of ER visits has more than doubled in the past few years, from just over two visits for every 10,000 people to more than five in 2014. "Australia gets their flu before we do", Fierstein says. Avoiding the flu can help people with diabetes stay on track and manage the condition.

It's not recommended for people with "severe, life-threatening" egg allergies or those who have previously had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine, Jernigan said.

The HSE wants to make it compulsory for health care workers to get the flu vaccine.

No appointments are necessary and doors will not open until 2:00 p.m.

These flu shots provided are made to protect against three flu viruses. No one will be turned away if they can't pay. MHD officer-in-charge Bernard Sese said the quadrivalent influenza vaccine gives more protection than the trivalent vaccine, which gives protection against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against one more influenza B strain.

"The best thing you can do to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated". People 65 or older should talk to their doctor to see if the high-dose flu vaccine is right for them. Good hand hygiene can protect you against many types of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

The next flu shot clinic is 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southpointe Clinic in Fargo. The clinic also accepts many forms of insurance.

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