Flu Bug Widespread Early in Arizona

28 December, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Why, then, isn't everyone getting that annual flu shot?

As the New Year quickly approaches, so will peak flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Employees miss an average of five workdays per year due to the flu, at a cost of about $200 per person for each lost day.

Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated. The city says 139 cases have been reported so far this season.

It's flu season - that time where it seems no matter what we do or how clean we keep our hands, we seem to pick up one of the circulating flu viruses that are so common during this time of year.

"It takes two weeks after you get your flu shot for it to work, so if you haven't had your flu shot and you want it, this would be a really good week to go to your pharmacy and get it", she said. However, this year's vaccine has not proven to be extremely effective. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.

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The cost of the vaccine is $10 for adults and children.

Myth: Flu shots aren't always effective.

"There are currently flu cases on the island, so protect yourself and your family now". Influenza can also be caught by touching a surface or object that the virus lands on, and then touching your face. Receiving the vaccine greatly reduces your chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make your symptoms milder.

"The supply of Trivalent Influenza vaccine is expected this week and will be available for distribution on Friday 29th December, pending cold chain clearance". So if you get the "stomach bug", that doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective. Three of the victims sicken by the mutated strain were vaccinated.

Raghu Kasetty, MD of OSF St. Francis said the local flu season will presumably get worse before it improves.

Nurse B.K. Morris gives a flu shot to Winifred Quinn during a news event about the flu vaccine September 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. DHS officials say the season usually hits later in Jan, Feb and March. In other words, receiving the shot will not guarantee you have a flu-free season.



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