Health department offering flu vaccines every Thursday

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In addition to getting the vaccine, the Department of Health and Wellness says practising proper hygiene is important.

Influenza has not been that deadly since at least since the mid-1970s, the AP reported.

Flu shots are seldom something to look forward the protection they provide is worth a little pain, officials with health organizations across the state agree.

Paramedics will also administer flu shots this season to city staff and to their families. During the 2017-18 season, there were 272 flu-related deaths in Iowa. The peak months are December through February. "It's called 'herd immunity" -- the more vaccinated means less chance for widespread influenza."Going along with this point, Cherry said that it is the socially responsible thing to get yourself vaccinated."This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu, the greatest killer of all time".

"Last year was bad", Guy said. On the other hand, mandatory vaccination has been used widely in the U.S., where uptake levels of 90% have been achieved. "So you can get a reaction, but you can't get the actual influenza from it", Huffer says.

"It also reduces your risk for complications and passing it to other people, especially pregnant women, young children and the elderly", who are more susceptible to the virus, she added.

Reasons for parents' apprehensions include believing it could make them sick, or even cause autism.

For many people, flu season is little more than annoyance, but every single year thousands of people die from whatever strain of the disease is making the rounds.

There are 2.5 million flu cases across the USA every year that result in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths.

Fauci says the flu virus can change every year, so it is important to keep up.

But the flu shot does not contain live viruses, and it can not make you sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains.

"The flu shot will not give you the flu, but you may experience mild symptoms such as body aches and low-grade fever associated with the flu as your body builds its immune response".

"There are a few people who feel a little worn out after getting the shot", Schaffner says.

While the flu vaccine isn't foolproof, experts recognize that it's the best defense against the virus.

However, it doesn't matter how contained or widespread flu outbreaks may be, the best way to combat the disease is to get a flu vaccine and practice good hygiene, said Dr. Keith Ramsey, medical director of Vidant Medical Center Infection Control. "You have to have two weeks after you get the shot for it to completely work and be effective". Flu shots cost $20 at the Student Health Office on 2 Continental Drive, which is about a 15-minute walk from campus.

Other steps: Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Stay away from those who are ill.

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