Logan County Health Department offers flu vaccine

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

Ben was a tragic victim of one of the worst flu outbreaks on record in Australia, with the number of cases two-and-a-half times higher than a year ago.

Dr. Mateo says the flu spreads when the air is dry.

It might still officially be summer, but healthcare professionals are already anxious about the flu.

Older people, especially those over 80, have been particularly affected, and care homes have been hit hard: at one in Victoria, eight residents died. Like it did in 2016, the CDC is recommending the spray flu vaccine, also known as the live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV, not be used this year. There are a few children who can not receive the nasal spray and they will be offered the injection instead. You can also call and make an appointment with a nurse to receive the shot. "Since it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protection against the flu virus, being vaccinated now means you'll be protected before the flu starts spreading and for the rest of the flu season". It's best to get the vaccine before it's already spreading. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

The state's flu toll has doubled since the last season, as it has in NSW, and the stats have tripled in Queensland, with more than 19,000 cases recorded as of mid-August. Children and older people are encouraged to get the shot in particular. Another factor to consider is whether the person getting vaccinated has Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Last winter, 10 million flu vaccinations were given to patients in England, and more than 950,765 of them were administered by community pharmacists. "That is double from what we had previous year". Do I need it again?

While a vaccination is a proven method of protection from the flu, it still is possible to contract the illness. "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend vaccination against the flu".

So, bottom line, it would be better to wait until later in the fall, but an early flu shot is better than no flu shot at all.

No. The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can not transmit infection. By only looking at 485 women, during the study period, who miscarried, the numbers are much too small to form any reliable, conclusive data.

The flu shot, or an accepted medical or religious exemption, is a condition of employment in the Health System and for many School of Medicine employees.