Student Health Service strives to make flu shots more accessible

Record numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July

123RFRecord numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July

"Younger people have a more robust immune system". Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate. In a new report published on October 2 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, investigators say that while that rate remained significantly higher among health care workers, it continues to fall below target.

Meanwhile, the nasal vaccine should not be given to children, pregnant women, elderly after 50 years old, and asthma patients.

"They're anxious about past failures", Johnson said.

One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots.

"Nursing teams in schools right across the county will be administering the flu vaccine to school pupils, and I hope that as many eligible children as possible take up the vaccine". They're recommended by everyone from 6 months old and up.

Each year, the flu season can be extremely unsafe and it is vastly important to protect both oneself and the people that one comes in contact with every day.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths a year ago, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives.

The number included 180 pediatric deaths in 2017-18, the most since those numbers started to be collected in 2004.

They found that in larger, crowded cities, the flu season lasted longer, regardless of climate. The agency, which didn't begin counting flu deaths for the 2018-2019 flu season until September 30, will issue its weekly report on statewide flu hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, and will continue issuing the reports for the next eight months of flu season. "Influenza is preventable and you should be vaccinated".

"Getting the flu vaccine is important for the health of all Manitobans, but especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers, and close family and friends", said Friesen.

That's not great, Johnson said, but it's better than nothing.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your healthcare provider.

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise that students who exhibit flu-like symptoms - including a fever of 100 degrees or more, with a cough or a sore throat - should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they are fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

She experienced that herself, Johnson said.

It is possible to get sick if you were exposed to influenza virus prior to your vaccination taking effect, which can take up to two weeks after your shot - all the more reason to get vaccinated as early in the flu season as possible.

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