Flu season is here - are you ready?

03 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Hope Soto

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. "All of us I know have trouble staying home when we're sick and getting enough rest".

The Student Health Center is offering flu shots to all Lamar University students, faculty and staff, by appointment, for $25. "Getting an annual flu shot is the most important step in protecting against the flu", said O'Connor.

He told us that it is recommended to get the flu shot yearly due to the fact that they develop new flu vaccines each year as they predict what mutations are most common that particular year. Higher rates of vaccination mean fewer visits to the doctor and days missed from work or school.

It's not too late to protect yourself against the flu virus.

Those who are immune compromised or can not get vaccines because of medical reasons have better protection when people around them are vaccinated.

The 100-year-old woman, who had pre-existing medical conditions, died on October 19; she tested positive for influenza A. She is the second person to die as a result of the flu.

At many local pharmacies. Also, check with your healthcare provider about the vaccine.

"Unfortunately there are hundreds of flu virus strains, so we pick the top four based on epidemiology studies each year, and put those in the vaccine".

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"Influenza can lead to serious complications and even death, especially among the elderly", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement.

The CDPH's influenza web page offers more information about the flu. But mild and short-lived side-effects can include soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling at the spot of injection.

"Plus, you have to consider the herd thing", she said.

Myth Three: I already had the flu this year; I don't need a vaccine.

· People with diabetes, asthma, or other chronic conditions.

Dr. Pate says that, much like any other vaccine, there is not a 100 percent guarantee that a person will not get the flu.

Everyone else can should get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.

· Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen. Both are viruses. Viruses show no prejudices on who they infect.



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