Publicado: Sol, Diciembre 09, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at healthcare providers and community pharmacies.

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

A new survey released by Clover Health reveals that just 66 percent of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season.

According to the health unit, an average of 3,500 deaths each year and 12,200 hospitalizations are attributed to the flu in Canada.

Myth: Flu shots don't really work.

When considering seeing a doctor about flu symptoms, Borgen also said it can be beneficial to call ahead of time.

Myth: I exercise and eat healthy, so I don't need to get vaccinated. While flu - or influenza - is most serious for older Americans and people with certain chronic conditions, influenza can affect people of all ages and lead to hospitalizations, significant health complications and even death.

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Today wraps up National Influenza Vaccination Week, and health officials are encouraging Kentuckians who opt to get those vaccines to do it before the peak of flu season in February.

Serious reactions to the flu vaccine are rare.

Wintertime has arrived in Vermont, and so has flu season. "This flu vaccine is a good match; it was updated this year to provide better coverage to the different strains of the flu", she said. However, any patients with a history of an egg allergy or a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, should speak with their health care provider about options for flu vaccination. While vaccinations like the measles, mumps, rubella, and several others are already required, there are many optional yet highly recommended vaccines that many parents feel are unnecessary. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine. Although children are the ones receiving the vaccinations, they themselves do not know what is being injected into their bodies, nor do they know what the vaccination can prevent or protect them from.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a ideal match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

Now, with a new flu season upon us, we have a chance to honor the memories of these and so many others by reducing the toll that flu takes on our nation.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources. They have a wealth of resources for nurses and patients on their website. Thirty-eight states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico experienced minimal flu activity for the week ending December 1, while New York City and 10 states experienced low or moderate activity, according to Friday's weekly flu report from the CDC.

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