Get a Shot at Beating the Flu

Thousands of Americans may get the flu this year

Peterson says her personal health depends on everyone around her choosing to get vaccinated, or not. "Because that protects those of us who cannot: infants under six months of age, the elderly who can't, and those who are allergic to the flu shot".

The vaccine used in this year's shot is different than last year's, so that's why health officials recommend getting the shot every year. Join Carson City Health and Human Services this Saturday, Oct. 14, for our community flu vaccination event.

Last year, 337 flu-related hospitalizations were reported in Dane County during the flu season.

"There is no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved, injectable influenza vaccines", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As always, they should be should be available at most doctor's offices and pharmacies.

"We do have "Buzzy" to help alleviate some of that pain and fear".

Although any approved flu vaccine offers protection, there are some that protect against more strains than others.

Coos Health & Wellness has two flu shot clinics scheduled for Coos County residents. Even if you contract the flu after getting the vaccine, because the strains aren't an exact match, you'll often experience less severe symptoms.

As the day wore on, I felt worse and worse, hacking my way through meetings. There will be no flu mist available this year.

The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) is a membership association for urgent care health and management professionals, clinics and those who support the urgent care industry.

"October is the optimal time to get a flu shot", Spangler said, noting that it takes two weeks for the body to develop antibodies against the flu virus for the shot's effectiveness to kick in.

Dr. Rob, Robert Oldham, is Placer County's public health officer and lives in Roseville.

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