Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

A Handle on your Health: Influenza time again

A Handle on your Health: Influenza time again

Hannah Jones a Physiotherapist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board chose to have her flu jab when she was 34 weeks pregnant, she said: "I think it's very important to protect me, my fellow patients and also my unborn child from flu and I realise the importance of the protection it gives after my baby is born".

There are at least 17 pharmacies and health centers in Plattsburgh alone where residents can get vaccinated. The importance of knowing how to protect yourself and others is crucial as this year's flu, like in years past, can be fatal.

Does the flu shot cause the flu? A lot of people are waiting because sometimes our flu season here in ME is a little bit later, but we don't advise that. While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. The nasal spray flu vaccine is safe for people between ages 2 and 49 who are not pregnant. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to illnesses, and studies show that people who are chronically sleep deprived are more prone to getting sick after being exposed to a virus.

There is a type of quadrivalent flu shot that can be given to children as young as 6 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu is much more risky because it can cause high fever and muscle pain, lasting up to several weeks and unlike a cold, can result in serious and potentially fatal complications.

It's important to know that once the flu has been contracted, victims are most contagious in the first three to four days after illness begins, however, some may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and five days after becoming sick, according to the CDC. "So if I got the flu shot today, it wouldn't be until mid-November that I'm actually protected against the flu", said Dr. Kerkering. So you can not get sick from this vaccine. "They just want people to get something, which is much better than nothing".

Lastly here are some easy measures you can take at home to help stop the spread of the flu in Hays County: • When you cough, cough into your arm or hand.

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The flu has started its annual tradition of making people miserable, but it's far too early to know whether we'll see a repeat of last year's deadly season.

A high-dose shot is available for seniors aged 65-plus, who are often at higher risk for severe complications from influenza, which in some cases can be fatal.

"The flu vaccine can not cause the flu", she said. A flu vaccine is necessary each year because the vaccine provides protection for only one season.

The flu season peaks between December and January.

An Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan and most other billable insurance plans are covered under Campus Health, and these plans also cover the $27 bill.

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