National Influenza Vaccination Week: Monmouth County encourages residents to get their vaccines

It's Not Too Late To Vaccinate

It's Not Too Late To Vaccinate

Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot this season, according to a new survey from NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago. Those most at risk for the flu, according to MDH, include people age 65 and older, young children under 2 years old, pregnant women and individuals with chronic heart conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Another 14% who remain unvaccinated claim that they will get the shot, the survey indicates. The flu shot costs $40.99 at most places, but depending on the insurance provider, the cost may be significantly less. One lesson we can learn is to put less faith in scuttlebutt and early reports.

The MDH website, www.health.state.mn.us, has a section created to track the flu in the state and releases a weekly report on the subject.

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Monmouth County is encouraging residents to get their flu vaccines in time for the holiday season to protect themselves, their loved ones and the public. Webby, who was not involved in the NORC survey, said vaccination rates are similar to those of years in which flu activity has been widespread and illness severe for many people. Jennifer Femino, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner/Director of Quality Improvement at North Shore Community Health and member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), explains why and how you can help your community prepare for flu season.

Myth: Flu shots don't really work. "There is also ongoing research to reduce the time to manufacture and develop the vaccine from months to weeks", said Mayer.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a ideal match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

"That's the strain that's a little bit better match to our vaccine", he said. "It tends not to have quite the same impact that the H3N2 season does, and that's what we had previous year".

As many people turn to the Internet for health information, it is critical to recognize that user-generated content from anti-vaccine supporters directly impact patient medical decisions.

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About 84 percent of the patients were white, 7 percent were black , 4 percent Asian and 4 percent were of other or unknown race. She's chair of oncology research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

The public is constantly urged by hospitals and health care professionals to be vaccinated for the flu. As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated. However, 41 percent of adults reported that they have not yet been vaccinated and that they have no intentions of getting vaccinated either. Even healthy people can be infected and spread the flu virus without showing symptoms. Leon was scheduled to get his flu shot soon.

Hernandez notes how some members of staff may not be fully aware of the potential dangers and complications the flu season can bring and how infectious the illness can be. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider.

Fact: It is true being healthy may help you recover from illness more quickly, but it won't prevent you from getting or spreading the flu virus.

A full list of sites that all be offering the flu shot can be found here.

Though the vaccine is imperfect, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.

Also in an effort to keep patients safe, Kaweah Delta has a year-round visitor policy in place, which helps facilitate a quiet, healing environment for patients, said Kathy Wittman, Kaweah Delta's Infection Prevention Data Coordinator. Though some people report a sore arm after getting the shot, the overwhelming majority experience no extreme side effects. It is suggested as a preventative measure every year because the vaccine itself changes every season in accordance to what strains are predicted to be the most present that year.

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