Spokane Regional Health District offers free flu vaccine clinics

Henrietta Brewer
September 30, 2018

He said that 80,000 deaths is more than double the number expected in a typical "bad" flu season. Even if you contract influenza after receiving the vaccine, you are more likely to have a less severe illness, and less likely to suffer from complications of pneumonia following the flu.

Flu vaccination decreases the chances that you will spread the virus to others.

Older adults and those with certain chronic health conditions, including heart and lung disease, diabetes and obesity, are also at high risk of serious flu complications.

Roberts says it is time to debunk the myth flu shots can make the person receiving them sick. The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted almost two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate. Though the vaccine doesn't provide ideal protection from the flu, "give [it] credit for softening the blow", Dr. William Schaffner, the medical director of the NFID, said during the briefing.

If you don't get vaccinated, you could be putting other people at risk, especially the elderly, children and those with weak immune systems.

It eclipses the estimates for every flu season going back to the winter of 1976-1977.

It seems like as soon as fall gets here, we're already on the lookout for flu-like symptoms. Per the CDC, some children 6 months through 8 years of age will require two doses of flu vaccine for adequate protection from flu. One was that the vaccine was not quite as effective.

About 40 percent of US residents received a seasonal flu vaccination a year ago.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the worst pandemic in human history, the Spanish flu that killed 50 million to 100 million people during the winter of 1918-1919.

"What is it that old and frail people often fear the most?".

"Some people, as we get later in the season, think it is too late for them because they already got the flu, but past year we had an influx of cases where people had gotten one strain of the flu, and then when the other strain came in the area, they got that one, too", Frank said. "Flu can lead to progressive decline and progressive disability", said Dr. Schaffner.

The vaccine strain alters year to year to ensure it protects against each season's unique disease, he said, and this year's version has two changes that should help reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of the flu.

You may ask who should get vaccinated, and the answer is EVERYONE who is of age to get the vaccine, as long as it is not contraindicated for you as stated by your physician/medical provider.

"Believe it or not, there's a lot of people who don't believe".

CDC recommends that people be vaccinated anytime between now and the end of October.

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