County health department is offering clinics for flu vaccine

Boy cries as he gets flu vaccination

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is offering walk-in flu clinics at its office in Watseka throughout the flu season from 9 a.m.to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The symptoms can be brutal and keep you in bed for days, and the virus is highly contagious even before symptoms show, so you can pass it on before you're aware you're infected.

The time to get your annual flu shot is now, according to area doctors.

The CDC encourages everyone to get a flu vaccination, especially young children, older adults, pregnant women, children and adults with chronic diseases.

The most common viruses are those of Types A and B for which everyone must be vaccinated.

According to the CDC, people who become sick after they get vaccinated were either exposed to the virus before the vaccine took effect or were exposed to a virus the vaccine wasn't created to protect against.

The recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu seasons are the inactivated influenza vaccines, recombinant vaccines, live attenuated vaccines and the nasal spray options. "It's simply not true", said Margaret Khoury, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist and regional lead of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Flu Vaccination Program. Influenza vaccination in high-risk individuals has also been linked to favorable health outcomes, including fewer flu-related hospitalizations and death.

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Health officials say it is never too early to be vaccinated so hopefully the HealthMap Vaccine Finder will help you and your family stay well ahead of flu season.

Also, shots made using a vaccine production technology that does not require the use of flu virus.

There are contra-indications to the flu vaccine as enumerated in pamphlets distributed at the launch. Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon. "Should you become infected your case of the flu will be milder because you had a flu shot".

"You have to be at least 2 years of age, and no older than 49".

Last year's flu season was worse than many previous years in Ionia County with almost 3,000 cases reported to the health department, according to Bevington.

Eiting pointed out the flu vaccine is meant to protect against respiratory flu, not gastrointestinal strains.

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