Vaccinations Stressed as Flu Season Begins


When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

The dates are October 9, 16, 23, and 30. Pharmacist Sneh Gandhi from Pharmasave Trail began administering the flu vaccine last week, with drop-ins welcome 10 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

"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. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. "So by immunizing yourself, you're protecting those at highest risk from complications of flu", Hilderman said. About four out of five of the children who died last flu season hadn't been vaccinated, the CDC reported.

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise that students who exhibit flu-like symptoms - including a fever of 100 degrees or more, with a cough or a sore throat - should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they are fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

USA health officials are trying to increase the rate of flu vaccinations this year after a severe outbreak last season killed a record number of children and led to spot shortages of antiviral medications like Tamiflu. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill from flu.

Anyone can get the flu.

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"The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to keep you and your family protected from flu this winter". So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the US ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions are also being encouraged to take up the offer of a free vaccination from today (October 8). Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season.

Flu is unpleasant whoever you are. They can not cause the flu. Older adults are also more likely to suffer complications from flu.

Changes had been made to this year's seasonal flu vaccine to better cover some strains of influenza experienced overseas earlier this year, she said.

How does the vaccine work, exactly?

"There are great benefits of the flu vaccination", added Ms. Freeman. That means getting proper sleep, eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. Mostly commonly recommended is covering the mouth when sneezing and frequently washing the hands. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately rather than allowing them to contaminate tabletops or other common areas.

Below is a list of schools offering flu shots in the Sioux Falls School District.