South Jersey counties prepare for flu season


As the leaves turn colors and the weather gets colder, public health officials are ramping up their efforts to get as many residents vaccinated s possible by the end of October when the threat of catching the flu increases significantly.

Through September 22 there have been 19 confirmed cases of influenza in Wisconsin and 8 hospitalizations, compared to 5 confirmed cases and two hospitalizations during the same period a year ago.

So, they're encouraging everyone to get this year's flu vaccine. They warn that it takes two weeks for it to work and afterward you may feel a little sick.

It is important to note that pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.

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The Kenton Hardin Health Department will be hosting a Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic this Saturday.

There are some years when flu vaccines are not very effective - cutting rates of infection by perhaps only 15 percent - because each year's vaccine is based on the best estimations of disease prevention research.

This season's vaccines, which have killed viruses and therefore can not cause flu sickness from injection, include strains for Type A H1N1 and H3N2, as well as two Type B strains. Because vaccines are created to evoke an immune response, it is common to have injection site soreness or a slight fever, but these symptoms shouldn't last long. This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended as the recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common.

Many medical facilities in the county offer flu vaccines.