TDH reminds Tennesseans it's not too late to get a flu shot

Young man sick with the flu

"With the flu being highly contagious and the increase in flu activity we are now seeing, the implementation of the policy is a top and immediate priority".

The CDC says flu activity peaks sometime between December and February. "The influenza vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu and I urge everyone six months and older to get a flu shot now".

Patel said that from May 24 through late October, Will County Hospitals reported a total of 274 admissions for flu-like symptoms. This was the first weekly flu report of the season to report a death.

To prevent getting the illness, experts say to wash your hands, wear a mask when you're near the sick.

And a reminder: you can't get the flu from the flu shot; the virus contained in the flu shot is dead, not alive.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the USA, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the US industry needs to produce the vaccines. But, recent reports say this year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective.

Get more information about the flu from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at this link. If you do still get the flu even after your flu shot, it isn't because of the vaccine itself.




Being vaccinated is the safest way to protect against the flu.

Gina Games, a pharmacist at JR Pharmacy in Terre Haute, says this could potentially be a rough flu season.

“According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to fully develop in the body, so its best to get vaccinated early, ” said PHD spokeswoman Melanie Collett. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs. So far this year: 93 cases.

"We haven't even hit the peak season, so this would be a flawless time for people to go out and get their flu shot", Sixberry said. At-risk staff who can not receive a flu shot are required to wear a mask.

"So it's possible that we never really saw a complete end to last year's flu season and we're just picking up where we left off, " she said.

People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children.

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