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National Influenza Vaccination Week: Monmouth County encourages residents to get their vaccines

Sweden's National Health Agency warns of flu vaccine shortages National Influenza Vaccination Week: Monmouth County encourages residents to get their vaccines
Patty Aguilar | 09 December, 2018, 07:21

"Perhaps the healthy adults are at a fairly small risk of getting a very very severe flu infection, but if they do get infected, they're potentially still infecting others".

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has observed a higher number of babies and children being reported with influenza this year.

No appointment is necessary to get a flu vaccine at the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department.

"We're struggling a little bit by the perception that flu is not really a deadly disease, which of course we know it is", he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the week of December 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.

"We can not claim that the 43% of vaccinated people is the reason for the mild flu season so far", said Richard Webby, a flu scientist and adviser to the World Health Organization on recommendations for the composition of flu vaccines. However, information on certain websites might lead one to believe the contrary: that vaccines are ineffective, unnatural, and even unsafe.

Those at highest risk for having complications from the flu include children under 5 years old, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. Brownwood-Brown County Health Department encourages Brown County residents who have not yet been vaccinated for the flu to get vaccinated now. Sellars says with the peak flu period still ahead, it isn't too late to get a shot.

While the vaccine is not ideal, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill. What can they say to get visitors to get vaccinated?

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. What's more, the so-called seasonal vaccine isn't particularly effective, with only 20% to 60% of people who receive it dodging illness because their immune systems have been properly trained. "The absolute best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get vaccinated".

Widespread misinformation about flu vaccine safety is an important public health problem.

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