Flu shots available despite postponement of immunization clinics

Spencer Underwood
October 20, 2018

Flu season typically begins in late October or November.

"So if you get it every September or every October, you're covered very well", said Kim Stanchfield, the team coordinator for Sentara Occupational Health.

Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit or higher fever or feeling feverish - not everyone with the flu has a fever - a cough or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches or body aches, chills, fatigue and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, which is most common in children.

Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by viruses.

The province says getting a flu shot is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and those around you from influenza.

"There are a few people who feel a little tired after getting the shot", Schaffner says.

He said that anyone who has not been vaccinated should get the flu shot as soon as possible.

In a situation update today, the CDC emphasized that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and potentially serious complications. It is important to start early in the season for children, as two doses of the vaccine may be necessary, with the shots given at least four weeks apart. "Your body is creating an immune response to the vaccine", she says.

Medical and care home staff are spreading the flu because so many are not taking the optional vaccination, they said, adding that the jab should be compulsory for all front-line healthcare workers.

However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Scientists found no loss in the amount of infectious virus at any humidity, which means that expelled aerosols containing flu viruses are stable in the air for at least one hour.

Health Canada has approved the use of the flu vaccine nasal spray for children or adults who can't, or don't want to, receive the shot.

One person who has already had the vaccine is South Shields woman Carol Robertson who works as a care worker and fund-raiser at Haven Court, a purpose-built facility for older people. "Many of those deaths are due to secondary bacterial infections that can come once you get the flu", Cherry said. Now is the time to get that flu vaccination but so many nurses, and other medical employees, don't get around to it.

The classic advice of hand-washing can also help reduce transmission by direct and indirect contact. We have several different ways to prevent contracting the flu while in college.

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