Older people advised to get free flu jabs this autumn

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2018

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), which manages the national influenza surveillance programme on behalf of the Ministry of Health, has extended the monitoring period for another month after a late season spike. Students and faculty will only need their insurance cards since most companies cover the flu shot.

The clinic runs from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m.to 5:30 p.m. The CDC had not recommended the flu mist vaccine for several years because the data on its effectiveness was inconclusive, but reversed its position earlier this year.

"Influenza is a serious preventable illness that can lead to hospitalization and kills thousands in the United States every year", said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr.


The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available. This includes being exposed to the flu virus before your shot takes effect, contracting a different strain of the virus, or having adverse, flu-like side effects because of the vaccine. Getting yourself vaccinated will not only protect you from getting the flu, but will protect those that live or work with you. Frank Esper of Cleveland Clinic Children's says that improvements have made the nasal vaccine more effective, but the flu shot is still preferred. "A person can be infected with the flu virus for as long as a week before they even exhibit symptoms".

Based on its flu monitoring around the country, at least 6300 people who visited a general practice and more than 1400 hospitalised patients have been infected with influenza this winter.

Scientists from Oregon State University tracked flu cases in more than 600 areas around the U.S. CDC data estimate 80,000 people died due to influenza during the 2017-18 season, the Washington Post reported last week.


Anyone wishing to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill from influenza.

Influenza is nearly with us, it's that time of the year, and it's one of the illnesses - although it's common and expected - it's one of the illnesses that infectious diseases doctors fear because it's so fierce.

Anyone can get the flu. "Your workplace may also offer flu vaccines onsite", it says. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the USA ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools. You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch it. Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate. "Those 80,000 people who died previous year from the flu, guess what?"


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