Floyd County Health Department Issues Statement on Early Flu Season

Floyd County Health Department Issues Statement on Early Flu Season

Floyd County Health Department Issues Statement on Early Flu Season

District Health Department No. 4 and No. 2 have the flu vaccines available, but Myerson said many clinics, pharmacies, and other medical facilities have it and people should get vaccinated whereever it is most convenient to make sure they are safeguarded. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months-old and older get a flu vaccine every year.

It's especially important for people 65 and older (50 and older is recommended by the CDC) to get the flu shot, since their ability to fight the virus is lower.

The vaccine takes about two weeks to kick in, and pregnant women should get the flu shot too, to protect the health of their babies.

If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be holding four flu clinics throughout the month of October.

All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

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Flu vaccines are either made from inactive or weakened live viruses, depending on the method of manufacturing and delivery. Both vaccines, which are administered just once at different times, work in different ways to provide maximum protection. The peak of flu season comes sometime between December and February, but the season can last as late as May. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. "It's simply not true", said Margaret Khoury, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist and regional lead of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Flu Vaccination Program.

Johnson says even if you miss getting the flu shot before you trick or treat, you can still get it before Christmas or the new year and it still be effective to last the rest of the season.

The flu viruses and their impact can vary from each season and are unpredictable in terms of severity and expanse.

Of the 180 children who died in the past year, 80 percent had not been vaccinated during the season, the CDC said.

In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the health department will soon be offering the high-dose flu vaccine for $70 per dose.

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