Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments

  • Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments

Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments

Locally in OH, there were no reports of any influenza-associated hospitalizations in Adams County, while there were two hospitalizations reported in Brown County on the last week of the year. Nurse Lisa Maynard said they've had one confirmed flu hospitalization there, but they've seen a 29 percent increase in flu like cases in the past few months in Bryan County.

Cheshire East Council and NHS England are encouraging everyone who is eligible for a free flu vaccination to make sure that they have it, as they are now seeing more cases of the illness.

The state of OH has been experiencing widespread flu activity since mid-December, about a month earlier than last flu season.

"The flu vaccine offers the best defence against the most common strains of the virus circulating this year and has an excellent safety record".

With flu cases soaring in OH, the state health department says it has been a rough season so far.

It said in its November meeting minutes: 'The committee agreed that if a change in approach were to be considered, switching vaccination of the 75 years and upwards age group to adjuvanted vaccine would be the first priority, given the un-adjuvanted inactivated vaccine showed no significant effectiveness in this group'.

Three people died in Salt Lake County due to flu-related issues last week, with the other two deaths coming earlier in the flu season, which generally runs from October to May.

"Most states are seeing an increase right now, and we are no exception", Buchanan said.

"As we start to see more people getting flu across the North West, I urge those who are eligible to get the free vaccination if they haven't already done so".

The Tennessee Department of Health oversee 89 county health departments that will be offering the free shots.

It's not too late to get your flu jab - the message from Cheshire East Council this January. "We recommend it particularly for folks in the high-risk groups - young children, the elderly, pregnant mothers and those with chronic illnesses".

He says unless it's an emergency situation, people should either call their doctor or 8-1-1 to get some advice.

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.