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Yavapai County Community Health Services schedules flu-shot clinics in Verde Valley

Yavapai County Community Health Services schedules flu-shot clinics in Verde Valley

Dr. Rehm said getting the vaccine is the best thing we can do to protect against flu this season. According to the CDC, last year's flu killed more than 80,000 Americans, including 180 young children and teens - the most deaths since the CDC started keeping track. The flu shot is not recommended for babies under 6 months.

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The province says 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter, the highest number in three years.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests no preference between different forms of the flu vaccine for the upcoming 2018-2019 influenza season. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the USA ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

The vaccine is expected to be more accurate this season, and influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere has been unremarkable so far - a good sign for the US and Canada.

Receiving those vaccinations, health care officials say, is very important when fighting the flu. In fact, numerous rumored side effects you've probably heard about the flu vaccine - like that the shot can cause the flu - are actually not true at all. By the first week of October 2017, people had already begun needing hospitalization for the flu. As The Wall Street Journal reported back in 2010, eggs used for flu vaccines don't come from commercial food farms, and are "tested vigorously for pathogens".




"All that means is they put more of the flu particles or antigens in the vaccine compared to the standard dose", Prabhu said. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been.

"The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to keep you and your family protected from flu this winter".

Both Essentia and St. Luke's give those who are 65 and older the high-dose vaccine.

Regardless, Parker recommends that everyone visit the health unit at any time during the flu season to get their flu vaccine amid some warnings that the flu virus is expected to be worse this year than in previous ones. "A person could get sick from a virus strain that was not included in the vaccine but even then, influenza vaccine may provide partial protection and limit the illness and symptoms that you experience".

This year, new locations were added to the list of vaccination sites, including the Business School and the Eaton Residential College patio. Flu vaccine effectiveness was estimated as 1- odds ratio (OR) of influenza in vaccinated vs unvaccinated patients x 100% using conditional logistic regression, with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI), according to McNeil and colleagues.


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