The flu clinic is open to the public.
“Getting those in the younger age group vaccinated could absolutely help protect older people, such as their grandparents and other elderly relatives, from becoming ill”, said Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor, TV presenter and children’s health expert.
Disbelief has been expressed at the local Southern Health Trust for organising a raffle for extra annual leave if they get vaccinated for flu.
Both flu activity and flu-associated hospitalizations are higher than normal. Insurance, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is accepted for children’s flu shots. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
Dr Jessop added: “Traditionally uptake rates for flu vaccination are high in Northern Ireland, which is a result of the hard work and dedication from health and social care staff, and the excellent response from patients and parents, taking their GP’s advice when they or their kids need the vaccine”. At this time, CCDPH can only accept cash or check.
This year the vaccination is being offered free to more people than ever, including care home workers and more children.
Dr. Holder said if you have an infant less than 6 months old, they can not be vaccinated. No flu-related deaths have been reported.
Last year’s flu season was categorized as moderate by the CDC.
Flu vaccines cover either three or four strains of the virus: two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain, or two of each.
Common symptoms of flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body ache.
You may also contact your nearest Population/Public Health Office at: North Battleford 306-446-6400; Lloydminster 306-820-6225; Meadow Lake 306-236-1570; Maidstone 306-893-2622; Turtleford 306-845-3768′ Neilburg 306-823-3450.
While it’s too early to predict how this flu season will turn out, 119 cases of influenza cases were logged in Teton County last season.
Remember that it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry when it comes to influenza and that getting a flu shot is an effective preventative measure. Local pharmacists can provide immunization services to people seven years of age and older.