Why you should get that flu shot and remind others too

Posted October 01, 2017

The Joplin Health Department has flu shots available for insured and non-insured individuals. Officials recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, but not all vaccines work as well as others.

Why the extra concern?

Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by several types of viruses. Small clusters of that strain are already showing up in the U.S.

Price was joined by Patricia A. Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse and director of infection prevention and control at Children's Minnesota, a pediatric health system, who said 105,000 US children died of influenza previous year. Can it help reduce the chances of getting a cold or a flu-like illness?

"Children under five, people over 50, anyone with a chronic health condition and pregnant women", said Shore.

Rego advises honing your energy towards a more positive stuff when you tend to nurture unpleasant thoughts such as considering why you need the flu shot.

If someone does get a the shot and still comes down with what they think is the flu, what should they do?

During the 2016-2017 flu season, the CDC reported 140 pediatric flu deaths.

"It's the best tool we have right now for preventing disease", he said.

Do you need one every year?

Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent.

"The flu vaccine causes your body to make antibodies to fight influenza, but it takes about two weeks for this to happen".

The Virginia Department of Health's Mount Rogers Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Health care professionals try to guess when it will hit their communities - and how hard. It doesn't take into account partial protection that the vaccine offers for "those who didn't have to go to the hospital and who didn't die from influenza", he said.

These days, flu shots are even available in space. If a pregnant woman gets the flu, it can result in her infant suffering from a birth defect, he explained.

All shots provided are mercury- and preservative-free. "But that's an emotional reaction". Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. "So, those can be easily mitigated with Tylenol, Motrin, staying hydrated for sure, but the vast majority of people don't experience any side effects of the flu vaccine", said Doehring.

"Whether it be somebody with a newborn baby or an elderly grandparents or somebody at church that has immunosuppression maybe from cancer or something like that, so you do, you know, not only just to protect yourself but to protect everyone around you", said Robinson.