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Flu vaccine available at Marshall County Health Department

Flu vaccine available at Marshall County Health Department”

"You can get the flu from the flu shot because it uses the virus".

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), February has been the virulent month since the 1982-1983 flu season.

When the immune system is exposed to a flu hemagglutinin protein - either on a virus or in a vaccine - it produces antibodies to the protein.

"We do know from the Southern Hemisphere, which is not always a flawless correlation, that it was a relatively quiet year for the Southern Hemisphere, and they were in an H1N1 year, which is included in this (year's) vaccine, so it could be a good match".

That's why the agency continues to recommend that health care providers urge their patients to get the flu vaccine, even though patients had been advised to receive it by late October for best coverage. Depending on how good the selections of strains are, during a given flu season the effectiveness can vary widely.

"It's really important that people eligible for a free flu jab take the offer up". Two children also died of flu a year ago. Marshall County Health Department (MCHD) is offering the flu vaccine. For most healthy people, flu symptoms can make you feel exhausted and unwell so that you have to stay in bed and rest until you get better.

Flu vaccinations are completely covered by insurance and many major chains are incentivizing customers to stop in and receive the vaccine while they shop.

In summary, my unsolicited advice is that you should go get your influenza vaccine and to also immunize your kids.

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season, and carving pumpkins turns into carving turkeys and decking the halls, we all need to be reminded and aware of the uninvited guest: Influenza. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, after reviewing 31 vaccine response studies comparing groups of different ages, called for more potent formulations for the elderly.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: "Flu on top of existing health conditions increases the chance of serious health complications".

The 2017-2018 flu season was high in severity. "The other thing is if the strain has changed enough, the vaccine doesn't cover it all, or, if the strain wasn't expected appears, then obviously we tend to get worse years in terms of number of cases than anticipated".



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