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Healthwatch 16: Flu Shots and Pregnancy

Healthwatch 16: Flu Shots and Pregnancy

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer.

In Texas, flu season generally runs from October to April and doctors say right now is the prime time to get vaccinated against the flu, along with practicing good hand hygiene. "That's why we encourage everyone in our community to get an annual flu shot for their health". That's the reason experts recommend you get vaccinated by the end of October, before flu season gets too far along.

"The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology still recommend pregnant women get the flu shot", Longenberger Warunek said.

"I would ask every parent in Ipswich who has a child who will be under five to make a note in their calendar to access this free vaccine for their child next year ahead of the 2018 flu season". If you feel like you are going to faint (it happens), you may want to lay down on an exam table to get your vaccine. While fewer than half of Americans receive flu shots, you protect yourself and lower the risk of spreading the flu to friends and family or other members of the community when you receive one.

Flu vaccines are available from pharmacists and physicians at many locations, Island Health said in a press release. (Some male doctors are surprisingly squeamish, she jokes, as are some people with elaborate tattoos who are no strangers to getting poked with needles). Some studies show, however, that immunity may decline more quickly in older people, so flu vaccines have been developed for people over 65.

Dr Clarke stressed: "The vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation". They also analyzed matched cohorts of children selected based on receipt of either a LAIV or an IIV during the 2015-2016 season and assessed the differences in flu shot rates between the cohorts for the 2016-2017 season.

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