Islanders urged to get vaccine ahead of heavy 'flu season

  • Islanders urged to get vaccine ahead of heavy 'flu season

Islanders urged to get vaccine ahead of heavy 'flu season

"Not just to protect themselves", says Aoki. He says more than 93,000 cases of the flu were reported, that's 2.5 more than normal.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that CDPH has received the first report of an influenza-associated fatality in a person under the age of 65 for the 2017-2018 flu season. Because the shots targets different strains every flu season you can't rely on last year's immunization. That included 105 children during the last flu season.

While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

Kentuckians should have a better idea about where flu outbreaks occur this winter.

Foo said it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu. Flu vaccines have been updated this year to better match circulating flu viruses.

Supplies of the vaccine are plentiful and available through the Rock County Public Health Department, health care providers and many pharmacies, according to Rock County Health Department Public Health Nurse Supervisor Michelle Bailey.

Lambton Public Health, Point Edward: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., and November 7 from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m.

"That's something that we need to keep in mind because that could be a family member, that could be a friend", Mitchell said.

"Influenza is a serious respiratory infection and even healthy people can end up in hospital". Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available from October 11 through October 21.