Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Free flu vaccines available

Free flu vaccines available

The vaccine is intended for most adults, as well as children six months of age and older.

Besides getting a flu shot, is there anything else we can do to help protect ourselves and others?

While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. But this simply isn't the case, and with less than half of the adult population in the USA getting vaccinated each flu season - which coincides with the holiday season and cold weather - there's a good chance you're going to get sick.

We're now in the midst of the flu season which typically ends in May. It is your responsibility to keep yourself healthy and prevent the spread of illness to those around you, and the best way to do that is to get yourself vaccinated.

The exception to the rule would be if you were running a significant fever, more than 38C, this would be enough to put off the flu jab for now.

One is the trivalent vaccine, and the other, the quadrivalent vaccine.

As cold and flu season gets in full swing, many people are prepping to avoid the virus by getting their flu shots.

Pregnant women are more prone to severe flu-related illnesses due to changes in the heart, lungs, and immune system. "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.

However, there is one big exception: The CDC recommends that people who are 65 and older get what's called a high-dose influenza vaccine - which is another name for a trivalent vaccine. "They just want people to get something, which is much better than nothing". Additionally, pregnant women and children younger than five years old are at higher risk of contracting the flu.

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This might not happen when you get the flu vaccine and have a fever, but these are possibilities.

According to the CDC, other vaccines include live attenuated influenza [LAIV], adjuvanted vaccine, intradermal influenza (flu) vaccine, cell-based flu vaccine, flu vaccination by jet injector and recombinant influenza (flu) vaccine. While we are still early in the season and effectiveness can vary, the CDC said recent studies find the shot reduces the risk of flu between 40 and 60 percent."That's still a good percentage to go off", explains Med Mart- Holly Spring Nurse Practitioner Monica Williams. Pharmacists around Madison County are vaccinating people this flu season, however, North Florida Pharmacy, located at 139 SW Macon St., in Madison, is now administering free vaccinations for anyone over 18, with special doses for anyone over the age of 65.

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said.

The flu season peaks between December and January.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. You should cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing. Nasty germs that can be deadly.

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