Monday, 12 November, 2018

Flu shots, healthy living reduce chances of falling ill this autumn

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With influenza season creeping around the corner, Williamson County and Cities Health District is encouraging the public to keep themselves healthy during flu season.

Flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes.

First, college students are more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses than other populations. What is influenza? According to the CDC, influenza is a "contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs". Eighty percent of the children who died had not received the flu shot.

People with health insurance can get a flu shot from their health care provider, and the vaccinations are available at pharmacies.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its potentially serious complications.

Some local elderly people are being told they'll have to wait for vaccination against flu because of the high take-up across the country.

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The flu vaccine past year was estimated to be 30-60 percent effective - and this is a significant public health benefit - nothing to sneeze at! "If somebody misses it in October, November is OK, too, but the sooner you get it, the better". It is important to start early in the season for children, as two doses of the vaccine may be necessary, with the shots given at least four weeks apart.

Who should get the flu vaccine? She also said that factors such as "lack of sleep, stress [and] not eating well" compromise students' immune systems, making them more vulnerable to the flu.

"We have observed a noticeable uptake in people coming in for flu jabs", it explained.

While people may avoid the vaccine because of tales it makes people sick, Ramsey said typically only five out of 100 people may experience symptoms. "The flu can be more severe for pregnant women, compared to other times in a woman's life".

Flu shots cost $20 at the Student Health Office on 2 Continental Drive, which is about a 15-minute walk from campus.

Because the flu shot contains inactivated viruses-or only uses a single gene from a flu virus- it's not possible to get the flu from the shot, according to the agency. "Many of those deaths are due to secondary bacterial infections that can come once you get the flu", Cherry said. He added that frequently washing your hands is crucial as well.

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