MCHD encourages Flu Shots as Flu Season fast approaches

Do not forget to carry your insurance card if you are a part of the SEBT health plan.

Getting your flu shot could be easier in October.

The Australia situation can help predict which strains of the flu might appear in North America, said Colby, but even that isn't definite. For those under 18, the preferred vaccine also protects against an additional B influenza virus.

"Sporadic activity is typical for this time of year", said State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore.

The Health Alliance has policies which "outline where we would open beds, how we would increase our staffing levels to accommodate those extra patients" and address other issues, she said. The virus lives longer in the cold weather because there is less humidity in the air to kill it. People can inhale the flu or get it by touching everyday objects such as doorknobs, chairs, tables and many other objects. No outbreaks were declared.

"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD. Flu shots will be offered to parents, siblings, and direct caregivers of Riley patients for free.

The first thing you'd want to do to stay healthy this semester is to get a flu shot. "The side effects are usually non-existent or very, very mild".

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The effectiveness of the vaccine depends on health status and the match between the viruses circulating in the person's community and those used to make the shot.

The Muskingum County Health Department hosted their third flu shot clinic at the Muskingum Valley Health Clinic South in the Old Maysville Middle School Thursday.

"It's not 100 per cent, but certainly it decreases not only your chance of getting influenza [and spreading it] ... but it also decreases your risk of being hospitalized".

"They think it's diarrhea and upset stomach", he said.

Influenza symptoms include high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue, a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. That's what influenza is and it doesn't have anything to do with the respiratory tract.

It takes approximately two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the body to build the antibodies to fight off the influenza virus.

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