Coos Health & Wellness has two flu shot clinics scheduled for Coos County residents.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
"While vaccine effectiveness may vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40 percent and 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine", the CDC says online.
Anyone eligible for a free flu vaccine should contact their GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.
With more than 470 people on trolleys at hospitals across the country today - the fear is this figure will only get worse as the flu season takes hold.
"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. The flu shot is $20.
Despite what many people may think, pregnant women are encouraged to get the vaccination as well. No one will be turned away if they can't pay.
Less than half (45.9 per cent) of individuals of 65-75 years of age reported being vaccinated against influenza during the winter of 2015-2016, noted a study, published Tuesday 10 October 2017 in the Bulletin epidemiological weekly (BEH) of the public Health agency of France, while the vaccination campaign for the forthcoming winter just started.
You can help prevent the flu in our community by taking a few easy steps now and throughout the flu season. Germs spread this way.
Lakeside area residents may get their vaccination 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Lakeside Lions Club located at 890 Bowron Road. The clinic also accepts many forms of insurance.