Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Flu vaccine delays for over-65s

Flu vaccine delays for over-65s

"Flu can be particularly unpleasant, even in healthy children, so it is important to ensure they are vaccinated against the virus".

The flu is primarily spread person-to-person, mainly by droplets when the infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks.

Maybe you're ready to take your chances with your own health, but consider that a bout of flu means you risk infecting patients or going out of commission and not being able to care for patients at all. The flu virus primarily attacks the respiratory system - the nose, throat and lungs - causing mild to severe illness and can lead to death in the most severe cases. So far this season, a Texas boy died from flu complications.

"Once you get the vaccination, it takes about two weeks for your body to build immunity to fight off the flu", says Carol Bess, Infection Prevention Team Leader, Bellin Health. If you're not sick but are around people who have the flu, wearing a surgical mask can help protect you from getting infected as long as it's tight-fitting.

The flu vaccine - either as an injection or nasal spray - prompts the body to get ready to defend itself from intruders: the influenza virus. "If somebody misses it in October, November is OK, too, but the sooner you get it, the better".

Well, should I get the flu shot when I'm pregnant or not? He noted during the H1N1 pandemic, about 50 per cent of people got the flu shot but after that, it dropped to below 20 per cent.

All children aged 2-5 years and not yet in primary school will be offered the vaccine between October and December.

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There are some outlying strains of the flu not covered by the typical flu shot - unfortunately it is possible to contract one of these non-vaccine containing flu strains.

The flu shot won't make you sick.

Other unpublished data suggest that flu viruses, in the presence of mucus, can persist on some surfaces for up to 16 hours with very little loss in infectivity.

Getting the flu jab could be a matter of life and death.

· We offer an extensive free vaccination programme which gives a vaccine to those most at risk - nearly 890,000 people are eligible.

Now is the time to get a flu vaccine, which is considered preventive and in most cases is covered through employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare and Medicaid health plans. Hand washing also is important, especially after shaking someone's hands.

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