Local clinics say flu shots are hard to get this season

Health Officials Say Now is The Time to Get Your Flu Shot

The Director of Communicable Disease Prevention Tiffany McFee said its important for everyone who is able to get their flu shot.

Experts advise everyone older than 6 months should get vaccinated annually. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine - not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu. Influenza vaccination in high-risk individuals has also been linked to favorable health outcomes, including fewer flu-related hospitalizations and death.

If you don't want to wait until the flu shot is administered at one of the schools, the Health Department has plenty of them on site at their clinic. "Even if there's a less than ideal match against one virus, the vaccine may protect against other viruses". The illness is not from the flu vaccine. That's especially true when it comes to protecting the elderly. The flu season starts in October and runs through May.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say. Myerson said the shot is the inactivated version and anyone 6 months and older can receive it, and they cannot contract the flu from it. The state says common flu symptoms include fever, cough, body aches and fatigue.

The trivalent vaccine targets three strains of the flu, while the quadrivalent targets four strains. According to CDC's website, the nasal spray is again recommended for anyone not pregnant, over the age of two, and under the age of 49 without certain pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma, allergies to previous vaccines, suppressed immune systems, and heart and lung disorders.

"We had a pretty tough year last year". "All recombinant vaccine will be quadrivalent". High-dose formulation flu vaccines (intended for those 65 years old and older) are not available through VA.

Bon Secours is offering free flu shots during their annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Day event on September 29, from 8-11 a.m.at four of their locations: Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View.

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