Campus Wellness Center Hosts Flu Shot Clinics

Faith Castro
October 10, 2018

But health officials stress that getting a shot any time during flu season is better than not getting one at all.

Scotland County Health Department is reminding the public to protect yourself and everyone in your family who is 6 months and older with an annual flu vaccine!

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Flu vaccine effectiveness varies from season to season, but the CDC says it's still important to be protected.

Look out for a letter from your GP telling you about the dates and times of their flu clinics or additionally enquire at your local pharmacy who are once again offering the flu jab too.

Chris Faldon, nurse consultant at NHS Borders, said: "Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease". Pumpkins, leaves changing colors, hot cocoa - the flu shot.

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season this year, given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

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The flu vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served basis for patients 18 and over. Flu viruses in the vaccine are dead and a dead virus cannot infect you - it just can't. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been. Some people are unable to receive a flu vaccine, and having those around them vaccinated helps protect them from influenza. For instance, Mymetrics Corporation is evaluating influenza vaccine via intra nasal form of dosage to inhibit the virus at mucosal level by developing mucosal as well as blood antibodies.

"People don't really understand the need for herd immunity - that we protect those who are most vulnerable", said Clark.

Both Essentia and St. Luke's give those who are 65 and older the high-dose vaccine.

This semester, 22-year-old geology major, Cody Dougherty-Wise, attended this event and received a free flu vaccine. According to the CDC, "flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations during the 2016-2017 influenza season".

The nursing students giving the flu vaccinations were supervised by licensed clinical instructors. After all, people who choose to opt out of the flu shot commonly blame the fact that the vaccination isn't always effective - which is true, but it's still better than not getting vaccinated at all.

Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the flu by between 40 and 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

There are some people that are advised not to have the vaccine.

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