Parish Health Units offering flu shots next week

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Who is at the highest risk for having complications from it? And there's other people in our state and communities who have elderly grandparents or parents, or even young children.

"This week serves as an important reminder to make every effort to prevent illness during the holiday season", said Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department.

Therefore, even when "myth-busting" works, the effects might not last a very long time.

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Many people who didn't vaccinate a year ago had heard that the vaccine was only about 10 percent effective. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause. Flu vaccines are made with either inactivated flu or a weakened flu virus, neither of which can cause the flu.

The flu virus can be spread by coughing and sneezing, and it can live outside the body on surfaces such as doorknobs or phones for a short period, according to the DPH.

"Each year, the flu vaccine must be reformulated to ensure it is effective". Leon was scheduled to get his flu shot soon. Most people with egg allergies are able to get the flu vaccine.

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The shots at the parish health units on December 13 are no cost to everyone who participates. However, 41 percent of adults reported that they have not yet been vaccinated and that they have no intentions of getting vaccinated either. The policy notes that the minimum age a person can be to visit patient floors is age 12, otherwise they can wait in the hospital's lobbies accompanied by an adult (unless they have received special approval for extenuating circumstances). NPs can also remind family members and friends it is not enough to simply avoid the patient if they are sick because they would likely be contagious with the flu even before they knew they were sick. It may also eliminate the need to get a flu shot every year. It will go away. Many experimental vaccines have attempted to exploit the fact that the bottom part of the hemagglutinin protein does not change much from strain to strain, but those preparations haven't proved potent enough.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu in the 2017-2018 flu season, the highest number in four decades. "If we don't get vaccinated, we are needlessly putting ourselves at risk of serious illness, but we are also gambling with the health of children and others around us who can't get vaccinated".

Patients without access to a military treatment facility can get the influenza vaccine from a participating retail network pharmacy or their health care provider.

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