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Washoe County Health District Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots

Washoe County Health District Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots

While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or "sick to your stomach" can sometimes be related to the flu - more commonly in children than adults - these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

"The flu is deadly".

"We make sure we have enough vaccines to get us through the end of the season", she said.

"If you get (the flu) once, you will get your flu vaccine every year after that because you will realize how miserable it is", she later added. It is especially important for infants, young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. Experts do say it's hard to compare flu seasons simply because the population has changed drastically in the U.S. As population increases, unfortunately so will the number of people who the flu affects. A preliminary estimate showing last season's vaccine to be about 36 percent effective overall may have convinced some people not to bother, clinicians said. So far, the flu that's been detected is a milder strain, and early signs are that the vaccine is shaping up to be a good match, Jernigan said. It was about 67 percent effective against one of the influenza strains a year ago, meaning that of 100 kids lined up in a gym, if all of them got a flu shot, 67 of them wouldn't get the flu if a sick child coughed on them. Flu shots will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients.

It's virtually impossible to predict the coming flu season. "Someone passed the flu along to them".

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All vaccine options may not be available at all locations, so experts emphasize that people should not wait to get vaccinated if their first choice of vaccine is not available. Last year, 63 percent of school aged children had the vaccine in the South West, but we can do better. "I'm afraid we've also learned that after acute flu, recovery may not be complete".

According to data released this week, slightly more kids got flu shots past year compared to the previous season, but too many remain unvaccinated and at risk for the flu and potential complications. "It's why many people feel wiped out for two weeks after stopping coughing. Flu can knock down that first domino of progressive decline, progressive disability".

The vaccine strain alters year to year to ensure it protects against each season's unique disease, he said, and this year's version has two changes that should help reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of the flu. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. "It can be bad if you haven't been vaccinated".

The agency estimates that the 2017-2018 vaccine, despite offering only 40 percent protection, prevented 5.3 million illnesses and 85,000 hospitalizations.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


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