Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

National Influenza Vaccination Week December 2

National Influenza Vaccination Week December 2

The flu vaccine is available from health-care providers, walk-in clinics, and participating pharmacies. Who is at the highest risk for having complications from it?

Did you know that Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season? Most people have likely had the flu at some point - with symptoms such as a constant cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue - yet many myths and misperceptions remain. Dial 2-1-1 or visit and use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a nearby place to get a flu shot. Flu is more likely to be severe or even deadly in these groups than among healthy adults.

"Influenza is not just a bad cold", said Pruitt. Health officials recommend that people be vaccinated by the end of October.

Determining how health professionals can most effectively combat influenza misinformation is a critically important question. There's also a problem called imprinting, in which the first flu virus or vaccine a child receives can influence how they respond to all other flu infections for life.

"Pneumonia is certainly one that can be very serious for adults", Borgen said. That's not as high as the measles vaccine, but it still amounts to millions of cases of flu that should not have happened. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider.

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Kaweah Delta, which has seen a 21 percent increase in the number of staff getting a flu vaccination since 2015-16, is also a key player in helping increase the aggregate healthcare personnel vaccination rate in California hospitals from 72 percent to 84 percent in the 2017-18 flu season, according to the report.

The two main factors in the effectiveness of the vaccine is the health of the patient and the match between the influenza viruses that the influenza vaccine is created to protect against and the influenza viruses spreading in the community. And do it with confidence - the vaccine is safe, you can't get flu from the vaccine. Although flu vaccines are not ideal, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people.

The CDC is an excellent resource for information regarding the flu.

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