Health Department to Host Free Flu Shot Drive-Thru in Orlando

Desiree Burns
December 6, 2018

On November 23, 2018, a prospective cohort study of 8,827 Australians "FluMum", published in Clinical Infectious Disease, found that regardless of the trimester, women who received an IIV influenza vaccine did not report adverse birth outcomes, when compared with unvaccinated mothers. As flu season starts to pick up here in CT, the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. "As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu" said Dr. Peter Hasler, Santa Barbara County Deputy Health Officer. Seasonal flu outbreaks begin as early as October and can last as late as May, which means it is not too late (or too early) to get vaccinated. The nature and virulence of the virus also fluctuates each season, as does the effectiveness of that year's vaccine. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.

Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies.

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"Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children - three of which were in MS", said Dr. Dobbs. In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C's: clean, cover, and contain.

Vaccines delivered via nasal spray incorporate live virus cells which could trigger the flu. This method is not recommended for heart disease patients or anyone with an elevated risk and is not widely used today. So, it's never too late to get vaccinated.

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