For Your Health: Flu season is here - fight it by getting vaccinated

Desiree Burns
December 2, 2018

Those who would like a flu shot can walk in to Siskiyou County Public Health, 810 S. Main Street in Yreka, from 4 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

The department could not release any information, such as whether the person was male or female, the age of the victim and when the death occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend annual flu vaccines for health care workers, writing: "Since health care workers may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications, it is especially important for them to get vaccinated annually". The department said an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu. With flu season beginning as early as August and sometimes lasting until May, it is never too late to vaccinate.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

In a statement, the hospital said it granted most of the 170 requests for medical or religious exemptions it received this year, but in the cases where a request was declined, employees were notified this week.

Eleven people have died in California from influenza this season, according to data published last week by the California Department of Public Health. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated as flu season is highest between December and February, but can last as late as May.

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As per the UNICEF, stunting, or low height for age, is caused by long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections. India recorded 25.5 million children who are wasted, followed by Nigeria (3.4 million) and Indonesia (3.3 million).

The 2017-18 flu season was one of the most active and deadly in recent years.

The latest results demonstrate that there has been only slight progress to date on senior vaccination rates this season, prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge all older Americans to get vaccinated immediately. It is most unsafe to people with preexisting medical conditions, the elderly and kids.

It is hard to predict how severe a flu season will be until it begins. As Ms. Payne says, "It's nearly like forecasting the weather", but weekly reports from the CDC and the state health department help local officials stay on top of activity.

Those who are unable to get vaccinated, including the very young or those with certain conditions, rely on "herd immunity".

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