CCHD offering flu vaccine starting October 1

REUTERS  Hyungwon Kang						The CDC estimates at least 80,000 Americans died of flu-related complications last winter

REUTERS Hyungwon Kang The CDC estimates at least 80,000 Americans died of flu-related complications last winter

The two most common rumors are that getting immunized will give you the flu and that influenza vaccines aren't effective.

Today's group also put in a plug for vaccination against pneumococcal disease, which can lead to sepsis, a flu complication.

"The flu is deadly".

Some of the lethality of last season's flu can be attributed to a particularly bad strain of the virus, called H3N2, which was especially devastating in older adults, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, the director of the CDC Influenza Division, said during a news conference today (Sept. 27). They got the flu from someone. "If you're around other people and you develop the flu, you're putting them at risk for developing complications from the flu", said Dr. Lopez.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000.

The flu vaccine isn't always a flawless match for the circulating virus, but the protection the vaccine provides is better than none.

At 94.8%, vaccination coverage was highest in health workers who were required to get the flu shot and lowest (47.6%) in settings where the vaccine wasn't required, promoted, or offered.

Places in the county offering flu shots include: Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1217 South Main; the Nodaway County Health Center, 2416 South Main; Rogers Pharmacy, 125 East South Avenue; SSM Health-St. Patients may come to the health department for children's flu shots at the same times as listed above.

In addition to getting the flu shot, there are easy ways to stay healthy when the world around you is sneezing. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone age six months and older.

This POD (Point of Dispense) Clinic is targeted to protect all college students (regardless of age) in Pennington County, and is also available throughout Pennington County for children 6 months through age 18 years. Flu season starts Monday and peaks around Mardi Gras.

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.

"When people who are already frail or on the edge, flu can knock down that first domino of progressive decline, progressive disability", Schaffner said. Despite the heavy health toll of last-year's flu season vaccination rates that year decreased across most age groups and populations. Rarely, people who receive the flu shot experience muscle pain, a slight fever, and feelings of weakness or discomfort.

"I'd like to see more people get vaccinated", Redfield told the AP at an event in NY. Neither type of vaccination can infect you with the flu.

Around 63 percent of school pupils were protected a year ago.

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