Student Health schedules flu vaccination clinics

Cody PriceSep 23, 2016

People who are 65-years-old and older, pregnant women, young children, and people of any age with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of flu.

Only flu shots are being offered by this season, because researchers determined that inhaled vaccine is not effective against flu, he said.

You can get a shot at most pharmacies, your primary care doctor's office and county health departments. He recommends that date through December as the best time to get your flu vaccine.

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Here's what you need to know about this year's flu, courtesy of Dr. Paul Decker, a family medicine physician in The Woodlands. If you think a needle will keep you from getting protected altogether, don't fear it they're never almost as big as many think. This shot will protect against seasonal flu, including protection against H1N1 influenza, says Joanne Steane, UW Student Health Service director. Yet marketing of the vaccine has become an nearly year-round effort, beginning when the shots become available in August and hyped as long as the supply lasts, often into April or May. According to the CDC, contagious influenza causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season. She said there are several strains in the flu virus, and the most prominent strain is pinpointed each year, so vaccinations from different years will fight slightly different strains.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Most children receive the vaccine via a quick and painless nasal spray.

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We want to minimize the spread of the flu. There are very few serious side-effects.

Yes. there are two products approved for people age 65 or older - Fluzone High-Dose and FLUADTM, which is a new product in the USA this season. The increase in the number of in-store clinics and a recent law that allows pharmacists to administer vaccines led to a frenzy of clients lining up for their shots months in advance this past summer. "Getting the vaccine earlier in the season helps your body build up an immune response".

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