Flu Shot Season is Upon Us

Henrietta Brewer
September 22, 2018

It's once again time to get yourself and your family vaccinated against the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend getting a flu shot before the end of October, in order to encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated.

Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (designed to protect against four different flu viruses) will be available for anyone 6 months of age and older. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

Consumer Reports notes that while the nasal flu vaccine spray is back on the CDC's list of recommended vaccines for 2018 through 2019, it's not the first choice for children, per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

4 in Paris, and Friday, Oct. 5, in Booneville, the Logan County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health will offer flu vaccinations at the local Health Units from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

Quadrivalent shots: These are created to provide protection against the same viruses dealt by the trivalent shots and a fourth one, a variant of the influenza B virus. The illness is not from the flu vaccine.

Based on these recommendations, we wanted to introduce the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Aigner said the flu was widespread across Iowa during the 2017-2018 season.

Eiting pointed out the flu vaccine is meant to protect against respiratory flu, not gastrointestinal strains.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say.

Olga says that this vaccination clinic makes her life easier, as this is just one less concern in her hectic day.

In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the health department will soon be offering the high-dose flu vaccine for $70 per dose.

All flu vaccine clinics are for city residents only.

One reason so many are flocking to get the shot is the knowledge of last year's flu season-which according to the CDC had flu levels that were the highest observed since 2009.

Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get their no-cost vaccinations early.

According to the CDC, flu viruses are most common in fall and winter.

Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza.

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