Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Flu season arrives in Jeffco

Flu season arrives in Jeffco

"Based on the Southern Hemisphere's recent milder flu season, which runs opposite to our flu season and often predicts the outcome here, we are anticipating a less severe flu season in the USA this year", says Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It's also the lowest rate since 2010.

Although a person who has received the shot can still get the flu, particularly if they are exposed to the virus before receiving the shot or in the two weeks following it, it is incorrect to say the vaccination is the cause.

All U of A students and staff can get immunized for free at the University Health Centre and University Health Centre Pharmacy, and can access public immunization clinics through AHS and other city pharmacies as well. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Pharmacist Megan King, right, administers a flu shot to Mike Lambert inside the Walgreens at 9077 S. Pennsylvania Oklahoma City Tuesday.

This year's flu season is young but has already resulted in two hospitalizations in El Paso County.

Lo said anyone who gets the flu vaccination is helping their community. "You can not get autism from the flu vaccine".

"You can not get the flu from the influenza vaccination", said Henry. It's really about utilizing all the things you now have to reduce the number of influenza illnesses. The CDC notes, for example, that "among adults hospitalized with flu, vaccinated patients were to be admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) than those who had not been vaccinated". Early methods to protect yourself and others, such as the flu vaccine, gives people the chance to help themselves and others.

You might even consider getting the vaccine to be a civic duty.

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The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe in decades, according to the CDC. "In contrast, flu symptoms are more debilitating, and potentially life threatening to those at risk of complications".

The viruses' genetics change from one year to the next, and so every year, new vaccines need to be made to account for those changes.

If you do still get the flu, you won't become as sick as if you hadn't gotten your shot. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with your sleeve, not your hands.

Weldon said that because the vaccine is developed from the previous year's statistics, its effectiveness can vary.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, see your primary care physician to help reduce the severity of the flu. About 54 to 70 percent of hospitalizations for flu occur among people 65 and older.

"We don't give the vaccine sufficient credit", Schaffner said.

“Persons with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg should receive flu vaccine, ” CDC says. Better advice: Get the flu vaccine!

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