Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Health Department: It's not too late to get the flu shot

Health Department: It's not too late to get the flu shot

Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

Traditional flu vaccines protect against three different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that essentially everyone over 6-months of age should receive the flu vaccine. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover a flu shot, Oeding said, and the health department participates in Vaccines for Children, which provides the vaccine to uninsured or underinsured people 18 years of age and younger.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual previous year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected.

More news: Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Break Up

Why this is happening is hard to say, particularly when more than 80 per cent of the workers in the region's long-term care homes were vaccinated last flu season.

The flu is very contagious and can lead to serious complications, said Jalbert.

Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said the vaccine is free for individuals who are more at risk of developing complications from the flu. Treatment generally consists of antiviral medication.

It's that time of year again.

That's right on track for a normal flu season.

Like this: