Health officials in the Piedmont preparing for flu season

Health officials in the Piedmont preparing for flu season

Because flu is extremely common that not every case is reported and death certificates do not list down flu as a cause, the agency does not have the exact number of people who passed away because of the disease. The flu can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other deadly complications. "That's why it's so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year". If they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge. It is especially important for infants, young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. But Minnesota health officials say too many children still remain unvaccinated and vulnerable to serious illness and even death. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you.

The Minnesota Department of Health is joining with pediatricians to try and get more children vaccinated for influenza. Most health plans fully pay for the flu shot. This comes after a severe flu season. "Someone passed the flu along to them". "Today, I am leading by example and getting vaccinated against flu".

In children ages 6 months to 17 years, vaccine coverage levels have held steady for the last several seasons, though they still fall short of national public health goals, the NFID said.

About 40 percent of US residents received a seasonal flu vaccination past year. Despite the heavy health toll of last-year's flu season vaccination rates that year decreased across most age groups and populations.

"Some people, as we get later in the season, think it is too late for them because they already got the flu, but past year we had an influx of cases where people had gotten one strain of the flu, and then when the other strain came in the area, they got that one, too", Frank said.

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It's the most detailed picture of the devastating reach of the respiratory virus, which sickened millions of people as overwhelmed hospitals pitched tents to treat patients. This means the flu vaccine reduced a person's risk of having to seek medical care by 40 percent, the CDC found.

Schaffner emphasized that the effects of the flu aren't over once the disease ends.

Getting the vaccine can protect you from the infection.

Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.

And for people who don't like needles, the nasal spray vaccine is available this year. Rarely, people who receive the flu shot experience muscle pain, a slight fever, and feelings of weakness or discomfort.

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