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Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available

Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the 2017-2018 flu season was the first to be classified as high severity in all age groups across the country.

The CDC recommends that you get your vaccination now, on the eve of the 2018-19 flu season, before it picks up steam in October. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins". "Aside from protecting yourself, getting the flu shot protects your entire community; friends, family, coworkers, kids, and anyone who comes into contact with you". For children, the CDC says the vaccine can be life-saving and reduces the risk for hospitalization. Health department appointments are not yet available, but the McHenry County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis beginning in October.

Vaccines are specifically created to protect you from the flu without exposing you to a virus that will make you sick.

Cell-grown flu vaccine will be quadrivalent. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe. The peak of flu season comes sometime between December and February, but the season can last as late as May. Don't wait, get vaccinated.

The flu is unpredictable, and Baber said she's not sure what the upcoming season holds.

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"We want Logan County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of defense", Paula Beaty RN, Logan County Health Unit Administrator, said.

The age recommendation for Afluria Quadrivalent, an inactivated influenza vaccine, was changed from 18 years and older to 5 years and older. According to CDC's website, the nasal spray is again recommended for anyone not pregnant, over the age of two, and under the age of 49 without certain pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma, allergies to previous vaccines, suppressed immune systems, and heart and lung disorders. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccines are available at pharmacies and most doctors' offices and the health department.

Photo/David Goldman A nurse prepares a flu shot. "They think that the flu shot can give you the flu, but it cannot give you the flu, it's not a live virus".

The Richland County Health Department has scheduled the annual Mass Flu Shot Clinic on October 4, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Flu shots are also available during normal clinic hours for those who can not attend on October 4th.