Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

11 January, 2018, 06:11 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

Flu season has arrived across IL, with local health professionals concerned this year's virus strains including Influenza A may be severe.

De Lota also attributed the spike in positive flu cases in Hays County to the overall growth in the area.

In Denton County the demand for the flu vaccine has increased in the past month.

"Influenza is very active in our health system right now", explained Dr. Charles Ruis, the District Health Director for the Department of Public Health. "Wash your hands and get your vaccination". "It's always important to still get your vaccine".

Tam said that given the burden of influenza B on kids, the national advisory committee on immunization recommends children receive the "quadrivalent" vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu, including two B strains.

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"But even if it isn't the exact strain, or a hundred-percent match, which it really can't be, it still provides some coverage, and if people do get the flu, if they've gotten the flu shot, it usually is not as severe or as long".

The body takes about two weeks to produce a full immune response following inoculation. Residents with questions should contact their health care provider. The Denton County Public Health department offers low-priced immunizations to those who qualify.

Ruth Gratton, manager of infectious diseases at the health unit, said that number is not unusual for this time of year.

Tulare County's public health report noted ways people can help prevent the spread of the flu. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness.

Harding said the main reason for the rough flu season stems from the Centers for Disease Control missing the mark on the vaccine to combat the current strain. However, some have chronic health problems and the flu can lead to complications ranging from moderate to life-threatening. During that season, influenza A H3N2 viruses dominated nationally. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue.



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