Free flu shot clinic to be offered in Chesapeake October 26

Grant Boone
October 27, 2018

"The flu shot is not flawless, and it's incorrect to believe it will always prevent you from getting the flu, but it's still the best defence we've got".

Nationally, about 80,000 people died in the 2017-18 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to those who are most at risk of serious illness from the flu, some people are unable to get the vaccine, like infants younger than 6 months, those with vaccine allergies and those with some serious complications.

Yet less than two-thirds of seniors nationwide are planning to get vaccinated, according to Clover Health's Flu Shot Monitor, and the results in Nashville are especially striking. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Nesbit also dispelled the myth that a flu shot can cause flu. It is estimated that in recent years, between seventy and ninety percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.

Of course, it's reasonable to ask: if you get vaccinated, why is it that you can sometimes still get the flu?

Henry and Weldon agree that flu vaccines are the most effective measure, but there are other steps people should take to prevent the flu from spreading. "But if you have an infected person sleeping in the same bed with you, sharing meals with you, sitting in the same auto as you, watching TV on the same couch, your likelihood of getting the flu is much higher".

"You may not think the flu shot is worth it for you, but do you want to risk infecting someone else who could die from the illness?" she said. Its completely possible to pick up something either right before or right after you got your shot.

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The clinic was aimed at preparing residents in advance for the impending flu season and slowing the spread of the disease through the widespread vaccination of residents.

The flu vaccine is made each year to protect against certain viruses.

"The way the vaccine works, you get about six months of protection, and flu season pretty much runs from starting in October all the way through, typically, about April and into the spring".

So this fall, please: get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, get your grandparents vaccinated, drive a senior to a flu clinic, or help quell a senior's fear of getting ill from a vaccine.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This year, both the injectable and nasal spray versions of the vaccine are available. Elderly people, babies, and people with certain health conditions are more prone to catching the flu. “A small percent of individuals, around one to two percent, can get a fever that can last for 24 or rarely 48 hours, ” Schaffner says.

The Flu Shot Monitor's findings are also helpful in understanding why so many seniors are choosing to forgo the vaccine.

Other ways to prevent the flu is avoid touching the face, clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, and get plenty of sleep.

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