Flu season on the horizon

Pearl Mccarthy
October 10, 2018

The flu season is just around the corner, and that's why Westminster College is hosting another clinic for vaccinations next week.

In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic. "Although vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year, getting the flu shot gives you and those around you the best chance of not contracting the virus", Dr. Moore says. "Having this vaccine is a tool to help us avoid the flu".

Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding anyone over the age of 65 to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination.

Figures show that on average, 1,918 people have been hospitalised with flu or its complications each year in Scotland. "Still, I would say flu mist vaccine for somebody that would not receive any vaccine (otherwise) would be a great idea".

You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community.

"It's swift and easy, and anyone who hasn't gotten their flu shot should go get it", said Wainwright, an advertising major.

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Vaccinated against influenza prior to the season, diseases, and October this is the best time.

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

During the 2017-2018 flu season, 900,000 people in the U.S. were hospitalized with influenza.

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

Each flu vaccine available protects you against three strains of the virus or protects against four.

Last year, the agency said the vaccine was 40 percent effective, meaning it reduced the person's overall risk of getting the illness by that number. Even this past summer, a nurse made headlines after announcing her anti-vaccine stance, presenting a concern for how workers in the medical field can manage to cast their doubts on vaccination. But children younger than 2 years, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, young children with asthma and people with compromised immune systems are among those who should not get the nasal vaccine; they should stick with the shot. The largest initiative Boynton Health will handle during the upcoming months is setting up mass flu clinics.

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