Health officials bracing for very busy flu season

by Jared Lewis October 27, 2017, 0:06

As we continue into the Fall season temperatures are beginning to drop here in the Brazos Valley, and this seasonal change doesn't just bring with it cooler climates but also the start of cold and flu season.

To find an influenza immunization clinic or provider near you, watch for local announcements on dates and times in your community; or contact your local public health centre, physician office or pharmacy. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty and staff. CSU Health Services offers the following flu clinic hours, in which vaccines can be obtained.

Taking a shot in the arm could do a lot to protect yourself from this year's flu, says a Stettler pharmacist.

While the 2017-18 influenza season officially began October 1, 27 cases of hospitalized influenza had already been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment between August 1 and September 30. Thursdays. Appointments can be made for the flu vaccination and are available from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. "Everyone six months and older should get a flu shot each year".

The Division of Public Health recommends all Delawareans who are at least six month old to get their flu shot.

The CDC says it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop to protect against the flu.

Dr Clarke stressed: "The vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation". CDC officials estimate that as many as 700,000 people in the US are hospitalized each year from the flu.

Flu symptoms can be severe and typically include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

"There's people who are opposed to the shot; there's people who are not sure; there's people who heard the rumours that they'll get sick if they get it". The nasal-spray flu vaccine is not available.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Germs spread this way.


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