Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Berrien Health Department Offering Flu Shot Clinics

Berrien Health Department Offering Flu Shot Clinics

Muscle aches, fevers, chills: the flu can be an unpleasant experience during chilly weather. They are also more likely to die from the flu.

Coos Health & Wellness has two flu shot clinics scheduled for Coos County residents.

Here's what you need to know.

Louanne Weber, director of Student Health Services, said flu season typically kicks off early in October and peaks in February.

For one type of the virus, called Influenza A, the "classic" presentation is a sudden onset, Fishman said.

Influenza B often is less severe and resembles the common cold, but there can be more serious cases, he noted.

"Reducing risks is one of the AADE's seven key self-care behaviors for managing diabetes, and getting the flu shot every fall is an excellent way of reducing the risk of getting sick", certified diabetes educator Evan Sisson said in an AADE news release. "Because that protects those of us who cannot: infants under six months of age, the elderly who can't, and those who are allergic to the flu shot". People 65 or older should talk to their doctor to see if the high-dose flu vaccine is right for them. These include frequently washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow and avoiding people who appear to be sick. It had been 15 or 20 years since I had the flu, and I was in denial.

"If it's a mild illness, it's generally self-limited", Maragakis said. Antiviral drugs are used when people are hospitalized or have certain underlying medical conditions, he said. These strains can sometimes mutate between the time the vaccine is designed and the actual arrival of the epidemic, which then diminishes its effectiveness.

Here in Placer, emergency room visits have been on the rise for flu or pneumonia, which is considered vaccine-preventable.

Despite the controversy, Weber claimed with the vaccine they use it is not possible to get the virus.

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