Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

This is the best time to get your flu vaccines

This is the best time to get your flu vaccines

"We definitely recommend getting the flu vaccine every year because the flu that is prominent changes every year, so the flu shot changes every year with the different strains", Roderick said. The vaccine's effectiveness depends on multiple factors - including the amount of time between vaccination and exposure to the disease, your age and health status - yet studies show that the flu vaccination benefits public health, especially when the vaccine is well matched to that year's circulating viruses. We can join together to fight flu and drastically reduce the toll of illness, hospitalization and death.

Roderick explained its usefulness when she said that on a good year, it can be 60 percent effective against contracting the flu, and if you do get the flu, your symptoms aren't going to be as severe.

Myth: Flu shots don't really work.

Also in an effort to keep patients safe, Kaweah Delta has a year-round visitor policy in place, which helps facilitate a quiet, healing environment for patients, said Kathy Wittman, Kaweah Delta's Infection Prevention Data Coordinator.

The two main factors in the effectiveness of the vaccine is the health of the patient and the match between the influenza viruses that the influenza vaccine is created to protect against and the influenza viruses spreading in the community. Heather Holland, a 38-year-old teacher and mother from North Texas, died of the flu in February. It's a complex process and can take several months to research and then manufacture the vaccine.

Serious reactions to the flu vaccine are rare. The vaccine is mandatory for service members and strongly encouraged for all other beneficiaries. Too many of us did not use that tool - the flu shot - for one reason or another. Communal places such as the cafeteria, library and computer labs are frequently trafficked, and therefore hotbeds for the spread of the flu.

How can nurses encourage their patients to get vaccinated?

Though the vaccine is imperfect, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.

Pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness and complications if infected with the influenza virus.

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people. What about those who believe that the vaccination will hurt them?

What about those who say that they've gotten the flu shot in the past and still gotten the flu? I try to help people understand the science behind vaccine development and how the body develops immunity.

"Employers may consider partnering with a local health care provider to offer flu shots onsite, making the shots more accessible and possibly decreasing the chances of a flu outbreak at the office. I also refer them to the Centers for Disease Control website,, which provides up to date information for healthcare providers and the public", said Mayer.

LAIV (Flumist) will not be included in this year's DoD vaccine order but DoD facilities do have the capability to purchase Flumist through the Defense Logistics Agency and individuals may receive Flumist through their Tricare accepting network retail pharmacies. His parents have set up a fund to promote flu vaccinations.

In other words, you have every reason to get the flu vaccine for you and your loved ones.

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