2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

With flu season upon us, Wayne State College Student Health will be giving free flu shots to WSC students on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Interior Health (IH) immunization clinics will begin the week of November 1 and will continue in communities throughout the month, with flu clinics by appointment available throughout the rest of the season. This includes pregnant women. This low number is even more concerning given that past year an people died across the United States from a particularly severe H3N2 strain of the flu. Also, about 710,000 people were hospitalized because of it. Flu activity is low but one child death already has been reported.

The flu vaccine is important to protect your health and those around you. As a doctor and public health professional who has treated many people with influenza, I'll explain why.

"Now is the flawless time to get vaccinated ... it gives your body enough time to respond to the vaccine and mount a good immune response so you're ready for the flu season", Fry said. In addition to those who are most at risk of serious illness from the flu, some people are unable to get the vaccine, like infants younger than 6 months, those with vaccine allergies and those with some serious complications. They show a severe influenza epidemic hit just as fewer Americans got the vaccine.

While Henry admits that no flu vaccine is 100 percent effective, combined with other precautions it is still considered the most effective means of preventing influenza-related deaths. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Getting a flu shot is your number one defense against the flu.

Korth also took commuters and the community of Wayne into account regarding this year's vaccine. The clinic is an all-inclusive experience, so patients can receive a variety of services, including other vaccinations and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, while there for a flu vaccination.

"It makes sense that last year a lot of people infected with H3N2 would have built up immunity, but that won't necessarily be helpful if this year the dominant virus switches to H1N1". This can effectively stop the spread of disease in the community.

You would think the vaccine wasn't doing its job.

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He played for Tottenham, Monaco , Swindon and Chelsea over the course of an esteemed career in the professional game. Hoddle managed the national team from 1996-99. "Get well soon, Glenn Hoddle, we're all behind you".

Protection against germs on shared objects such as telephones, keyboards, and transit rails is even more important as flu season approaches. Avoid those who are ill.

Cough into your elbow, not your hands. There are precautionary steps one can take to help prevent the flu. If you are 65 or older, ask your doctor about this. Elderly people, babies, and people with certain health conditions are more prone to catching the flu. Don't miss the opportunity to do so.

"We don't give the vaccine sufficient credit", Schaffner said. A killed virus can not infect anybody.

The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans.

Good advice: Stay home if you have the flu.

The safety of the flu vaccine has been a common concern providers hear.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that originally was published October 23, 2016.

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