Health Department provides vaccination clinic to area schools

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"Flu shots are the best way to protect yourself, your family and the community at large from becoming seriously ill with the flu", said Dr. Bela Matyas, health officer for Solano County, in a press release.

"There is no live virus in the flu vaccines we provide", Schippert said.

Harborview Medical Center has already treated one case of the flu this year.

The Iroquois County Public Health Department is offering walk-in flu clinics at its office in Watseka throughout the flu season from 9 noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone who gets infected with the flu virus may suffer from mild to severe illnesses, or worst, death, estimated at 250,000 to 500,000 per year worldwide "especially within the high-risk groups".

"There are several different flu viruses".

This is the same reason doctors recommend you get vaccinated in early fall instead of waiting until peak flu season to get protected.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older. That's why it's better to get vaccinated in September or early October before the flu season really kicks in.

All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Dillaha says she is encouraged that this year's vaccine appears to be a good match for what the Health Department anticipates will circulate. More information can be found in the infographic below. "All recombinant vaccines will be quadrivalent". Don't wait, get vaccinated.

Aigner said the flu was widespread across Iowa during the 2017-2018 season. Health department appointments are not yet available, but the McHenry County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis beginning in October.

The age recommendation for Fluarix Equivalent, which uses mammalian culture rather than chicken embryos, was changed from 3 years old and older to 6 months and older. In order to get the nasal spray vaccine, however, you need to meet some criteria. "So those of us that are healthy individuals, to be able to get it, will protect those individuals that are not able to receive the vaccine".