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Clinic Offers Free Flu Shots

Clinic Offers Free Flu Shots”

Only 37 percent of Americans got vaccinated against flu last season, just as one of the deadliest flu season in decades hit, health officials reported Thursday.

Importantly, flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children.

Every doctor and almost every employee at SCCA gets a flu shot each year, said Pergam, who specializes in the study of microbial threats to patients with compromised immune systems.

Public health advocates urged those with the flu to keep it as contained as possible, which meant missing holiday parties, travel excursions and enjoying time with family and friends. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

While there are a lot of myths around getting a flu shot, the real danger is in contracting the illness. Walgreen's survey revealed 40 percent of Americans believe this season's flu severity will be the same as a year ago and 12 percent say it will be worse. That number includes 172 children - 80 percent of whom were not vaccinated against the flu. Fluzone High Dose is the first and only influenza vaccine designed specifically for people 65 year of age and older.

While half of millennials (52 percent) actually look forward to catching up on their favorite TV shows while battling the flu, two-thirds (70 percent) still plan to get the flu shot this year. Oh, I know, you never get sick so you dont need it. Put another way, a hospitalized flu patient who was unvaccinated was two to five times more likely to die than someone who had been vaccinated.

In the 2017-18 flu season, 296 people died from the flu statewide, 31 of them in Pierce County. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. The clinic is an all-inclusive experience, so patients can receive a variety of services, including other vaccinations and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, while there for a flu vaccination.

There is no risk of getting the flu from the influenza vaccine. The scientists making the vaccines use either inactivated (killed) viruses or a small amount of the full virus, which ensures your body can build up immunity while not making you sick.

If you have a fever, stay home from work/class until you are fever free for at least 24 hours. There are precautionary steps one can take to help prevent the flu. Flu shots now are available at Jefferson County Public Health's clinic at 645 Parfet St., Lakewood.

Leah Giambarresi, division pharmacy manager at Osco Pharmacies, said the pharmacy tries to get involved with the communities it serves by partnering with the City and local organizations to increase accessibility to these types of vaccines.

The flu vaccine is updated annually to match the flu virus strains that are predicted to spread.

The safety of the flu vaccine has been a common concern providers hear.

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