Most health insurances are accepted, and a limited number of flu vaccine is available for those without health insurance. Health care personnel who receive annual influenza vaccination make an important contribution to prevent transmission of influenza to high-risk patients, their families, and the community.
"If you or someone you know is suffering from flu and they're lethargic or unable to think clearly, or unable to wake up from sleep and appear to be sleeping really, really deep and you can't wake them up, those are reasons to get them emergent care", says Howard. Those most at risk for the flu, according to MDH, include people age 65 and older, young children under 2 years old, pregnant women and individuals with chronic heart conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
About half the people in the 18- to-44 age group also haven't gotten a flu shot, noted Webby, who believes that "it's probably an uphill battle" trying to increase these vaccination rates. His parents have set up a fund to promote flu vaccinations.
Flu is more than just a bad cold.
Tennessee's county health departments are holding special "FightFluTN" events across the state today, December 5, to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee. "The season hasn't begun to peak yet, and by getting your influenza vaccination now, you can protect yourself", said Broome County Public Health Nurse Marian Hollander.
Serious reactions to the flu vaccine are rare.
The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies
Early rates of flu-like illnesses this season appear similar to those rates from a year ago.
It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people. That's not as high as the measles vaccine, but it still amounts to millions of cases of flu that should not have happened.
Area Democrats 60 and older have gotten a flu shot at 63 percent, compared with 70 percent of New Jersey area Republicans.
The mild season is a dramatic shift from the previous flu season, which was the deadliest in decades, with more than 80,000 flu-related deaths in the United States.
While the vaccine is not ideal, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill. "I also refer them to the Centers for Disease Control website, cdc.gov, which provides up to date information for healthcare providers and the public", said Mayer.