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Health Unit recommends flu shots, offering appointments later this month

Health Unit recommends flu shots, offering appointments later this month”

Facebook and Twitter have taken action against posts from US President Donald Trump on Tuesday for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting that COVID-19 was like the flu. Some pharmacies offer flu vaccine for a nominal fee.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all persons age six months or older who do not have contraindications.

"The vaccine will help control spread of the flu, and assist greatly in reducing the number of vulnerable people who would normally require hospitalisation at a time when hospitals are facing so many other challenges".

In fact, the only years since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 in which the US flu death toll is known to have topped 100,000 were 1957 and 1968, when there were worldwide pandemics due to novel influenza viruses. The quadrivalent flu vaccine that's now available this year protects against the four most common different flu viruses that are expected to circulate this flu season.

While the world waits for a proven vaccine For the emerging corona virus "Covid-19", medical experts are turning their attention to the point that has always been a major component of the public health toolkit, and that is the "flu vaccine".

"In some people, flu infection can be quite serious because it may increase their risk of developing complications, such as pneumonia". Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu.

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In a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in the United States, last August, of 1,000 people, 28% of respondents said that the epidemic made them more likely to get the flu vaccine.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

Flu deaths rarely even come close to that 100,000 figure. Some people have mild symptoms or no symptoms, but can still pass the flu to others. "Flu Vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues and your patients".

By the same token, veterans need to take those proven actions, like vaccinations, to prevent an avoidable, devastating flu season. Vaccines are helping to end preventable child deaths all over the world. "We're all in this together". "No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!"

An article entitled "When Covid-19 and the Flu Collide" in the most recent issue of Smithsonian Magazine cited a June 2020 study by John Hopkins University and Weill Medical College of Cornell University that compared county-level public health data across the country and found that the influenza vaccine can decrease Covid-19 mortality rates for elderly people aged 65 and older. "It's a win-win", he added.

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