County health unit seeing steady declines in flu shot numbers

In Massachusetts 250 to 1,100 people die each year from the flu according to the state Department of Public Health

For those who are a Medicare beneficiary, your seasonal flu vaccine is usually covered, but check with the provider of the flu shot before getting it.

Roughly 145 million Americans get flu shots each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the same time, the doctor said that the flu vaccine may not protect 100%."Regarding the effectiveness of these vaccines we want them to be more effective than it is now".

Ricardo Raggio, 27, film/video major, winces as he gets a free flu shot from student nurse Jennifer Murphy at the Library Lawn on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Figures show that on average, 1,918 people have been hospitalised with flu or its complications each year in Scotland.

"It's also important to get tested by a doctor if you think you have the flu", Dr. Moore says. "It just has dead virus and pieces and parts of that virus [and] it helps your immune system understand what to look for when it's being attacked by flu". "When people get immunized, they protect not only themselves, but also people around them who may be more vulnerable, such as seniors, young children, pregnant women, and those with existing health conditions".

SHS Health Educator Jeremy Garcia said the majority of students treated for the flu at the SHS previous year had not received the vaccine.

The flu mist is only available for non-pregnant individuals ages 2-49.

Over the years, you've probably heard plenty of people declare their reasons for skipping the flu shot.

"We saw one of our most severe flu seasons last winter", says Webster.

After years of conducting the clinic at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, this year was the first year the clinic was held at the health unit's 2306 Riker Drive location, according to Jefferson County Health Unit Administrator Angela Parker.

The 2017-18 influenza season was a particularly risky flu season.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths past year, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives.

NHS advice is to make the vaccination a priority as flu can be serious for those at risk and result in complications that can lead to hospitalisation.

It's important to note the CDC is recommending the use of injectable influenza vaccines and not the nasal spray flu vaccine during the 2017-18 flu season and that flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

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