Influenza is a virus that causes infection of the upper airway and can lead to symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and cough.
Understanding how the flu operates is vital to defeating it: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36,400 to 61,200 people died from the flu in the United States between October 2018 and May 2019, and more than half a million people were hospitalized.
The flu is something that no one wants to catch, but if you could get paid to have the flu, that might be a different story. In fact, Louisiana is the only state to report high flu activity.
"Should you get influenza and get the infection, you will have less impact than if you weren't vaccinated at all", Enns said. Children need two doses of the vaccine to be protected, so they should start the process sooner than adults since those doses must be administered at least four weeks apart. The seasonal flu virus is spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching a hard surface with the virus on it and then touching the nose or mouth.
"Getting vaccinated is the best line of defense against flu", said Acting State Public Health Officer Dr. Charity Dean.
Getting your shot isn't a guarantee that you will be immune from the flu, however, Enns says it's a "best guess vaccine". In October, the Free Press reported that 17 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba a year ago, while 42 were admitted to intensive care units. Some people, such as babies under the age of six months, can't be vaccinated.
"It's time for anyone 6 months old or older to get a flu shot", Maine CDC Director Nirav D. Shah said in a news release from the agency. It's also about protecting the people around you.
Sacramento County Public Health urges everyone to prioritize getting the flu shot this flu season to protect you and your family from the deadly virus.
A surge in influenza cases in Australia and at least three deaths in the U.S.in recent weeks have some physicians anxious that this year's flu season could be a bad one for Americans. But the vaccine may be given at any time during the season.
For older adults and others who are at risk of complications, flu vaccine can reduce hospitalizations by as much as 70% and deaths by 85%.
The St. Thomas clinic will be at Southwestern public health's building at 1230 Talbot St. on November 14 from 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. These include most pharmacies, your doctor, some grocery stores and some North Shore organizations. Local public health units are also available to give the flu shot.
Some people believe the flu vaccine doesn't work, especially if they've happened to contract the flu after getting one.