Flu shots protect you and the herd: Burnaby's medical health officer

03 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Nina Hammond
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If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Cover your cough or sneeze.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.

The Student Health Center is offering flu shots to all Lamar University students, faculty and staff, by appointment, for $25.

"It can keep you from getting the flu, keep you out of the hospital and others out of the hospital", she said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older. It's also the neighborly thing to do. "This will protect yourself, your family and our communities".

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"We need to determine how many seasons this H3 COBRA vaccine will protect against all H3N2 viruses into the future in all populations of people". "The evidence shows us that there are so many people every year who actually die from the flu", she says.

"There's a very small amount of egg proteins in these shots and I think the risks of getting it are far less harmful than the benefits", she tells PEOPLE. Also, check with your healthcare provider and at www.tpchd.org/flu. "So, when the baby's born, the baby is already somewhat protected against the flu for at least a couple of months after they've been exposed to the antibodies". Learn more about where to get the flu vaccine and other flu facts at www.tpchd.org/flu.

"Influenza can lead to serious complications and even death, especially among the elderly", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement. Most people get a flu shot with no problem.

"It may include fever, chills, redness or swelling at the injection site, exhausted or achy muscles", she said. These side effects are mild and short-lived, especially when compared to symptoms from a bad case of the flu. The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.

Body aches, fatigue, and fever are all symptoms of the flu, but there is a way people can fight back.

· Fever that went away but has returned two or more days later. "The fewer people who contract the flu, the less likely it is to spread".



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