Don't forget to get your flu shot

Grant Boone
September 22, 2018

Fall officially begins Saturday, September 22, meaning flu season is just around the corner.

Consumer Reports notes that while the nasal flu vaccine spray is back on the CDC's list of recommended vaccines for 2018 through 2019, it's not the first choice for children, per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get their no-cost vaccinations early.

Johnson says getting the shot could still save lives.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

She said vaccine does not prevent one from falling ill with flu but will have the person get protected from all the harmful effects of the "acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person, and can affect anybody in any age group".

"The flu should not be taken lightly", said Dirk Haselow, MD, State Epidemiologist at ADH.

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To locate a vaccination site that offers both flu and pneumonia shots, go to vaccines.gov and type in your ZIP code.

The CDC recommends that all seniors, 65 or older, get two vaccinations - Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23. "Contrary to that myth, not getting the vaccine makes individuals especially vulnerable to catching the flu". "The vaccine was not as effective as in previous years".

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.

Check with your doctor, pharmacy, or Oneida County Health Department if you would like a flu shot. An Emirates aircraft landed at the airport carrying several passengers and crew members who had flu-like symptoms, according to The Associated Press.

Among the benefits of getting vaccinated for the flu: Getting a vaccine doesn't mean you won't get the flu, but if you do get sick it could be less severe, experts say.

And no, regardless of the myth that is so often heard at this time of the year, the flu vaccine doesn't cause those who take it to develop influenza.

Pruitt also noted that a physician's order is required prior to giving a vaccination to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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