North Somerset urged to take new free flu vaccine

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Some NHS staff wrongly thought the flu vaccine could give them flu

"It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, so it's not a 100 per cent guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but even if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been". Theyre advising vaccine shots to protect yourself and those around you.

Thirty-seven of Idaho's 101 flu-related deaths during the 2017-18 season occurred in the Panhandle.

"Last season was hard locally and nationally", said Jeff Lee, Panhandle Health District epidemiologist.

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include a fever, chills, cough, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.

She said: "Faced with the worst flu season in a decade, NHS staff last winter did a remarkable job providing care for patients".

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, said: "Flu is potentially a very serious illness, and we know adults over 65 are more likely to catch and have complications from flu so have the most to gain from an improved vaccine. Many individuals in our area may not have any immunity yet to these". There were roughly 9,000 confirmed flu cases. It then continues to spread through March or April.

In total, 24 million people in England will be offered the flu vaccine - 3 million more than last winter.

Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone aged six months and older. The greatest protection you can receive is with a quadrivalent flu vaccine, so we encourage everyone to ask their pharmacy what vaccine they carry.”.

The illness killed 15,000 people in the United Kingdom previous year. If you have flu symptoms, you should stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Hoyer said it takes about two weeks for antibodies that protect you from the flue to develop, so thats why PHD is encouraging folks to get their shots now.

She said NHS staff have "a duty of care" to patients to get the jab. Some studies suggest vaccines lose protectiveness during the course of a single flu season.

Residents can walk in to the PHD clinic during the week without an appointment, come to the after-hours flu clinics every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. from September 20 to October 25, or make an appointment at (208) 415-5100.

The nasal flu mist is making a comeback, after not being deemed the best option to fight certain viruses over the past two years.

Anyone aged 65 or over can get the vaccine. Children are germ carriers and can easily pass the illness on to older and more poorly members of the family. Most insurances cover the cost of flu shots. For uninsured, a childrens flu shot is $20, and an adult flu shot is $23.

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