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FREE flu vaccination clinic - KNBN

29 September 2018

Aside from getting a vaccination, health officials say there's another way to fend off the flu.

"Even if you get flu after having received the vaccine - the vaccine is not ideal - you have a less severe illness", Schaffner said.

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference. Yearly vaccination provides the best protection against the flu through the entire flu season. Last flu season, 616 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County and 41 deaths were attributed to flu-related complications. Americans made about 900,000 hospital visits. Flu cases started ramping up in November 2017 and ran high through the following March, according to the CDC. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the US ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

"My wife's grandmother was going along OK", Adams said. A 2017 CDC study demonstrated that the influenza vaccine "reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children".

This POD (Point of Dispense) Clinic is targeted to protect all college students (regardless of age) in Pennington County, and is also available throughout Pennington County for children 6 months through age 18 years.

Flu vaccination coverage for that group was 67.8 percent, which was lower than the 70 percent reported in the previous season, and about the same as it was five seasons earlier.

The Meigs County Health Department wants you to stay well this flu season. The season in the Southern Hemisphere has been relatively mild, a possible indicator for what to expect in the United States.

Vaccines are available at your doctor's office or clinic, at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and several pharmacies. The cost for a private pay flu shot is $30 for those under age 65 and $50 for those aged 65+. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with flu viruses as they change.

The nasal spray is not recommended for pregnant women. Severe complications can happen to anyone, but may be more likely to happen to people who have certain chronic medical conditions, or in elderly persons. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

"The flu is deadly". "I know people get squeamish about needles".

Still, even the relatively weak flu shot probably saved many lives, CDC experts say, so everyone should avail themselves of the shot again this season.

FREE flu vaccination clinic - KNBN