Parish Health Units offering flu shots next week

Faith Castro
December 9, 2018

The Oklahoma Health Department's Tony Sellars says that brings to six the total number of deaths in the state this flu season.

"We can not claim that the 43% of vaccinated people is the reason for the mild flu season so far", said Richard Webby, a flu scientist and adviser to the World Health Organization on recommendations for the composition of flu vaccines. Free flu shots being offered in Hillsborough County ends on Friday, December 7.

A full list of sites that all be offering the flu shot can be found here.

The Beltrami County Public Health Department office is located at 616 America Ave.

The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and almost 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. At an unusual meeting last month in Nashville, leading flu researchers met to discuss the obstacles to making a "universal" flu vaccine that works against the majority of strains that infect humans and lasts for years, if not a lifetime.

Unfortunately, more than 16,000 of those deaths were residents of Louisiana. "Perhaps the healthy adults are at a fairly small risk of getting a very very severe flu infection, but if they do get infected, they're potentially still infecting others".

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Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu. Webby, who was not involved in the NORC survey, said vaccination rates are similar to those of years in which flu activity has been widespread and illness severe for many people.

When that is not possible or the condition is urgent, but not life-threatening, people are urged to visit an urgent care facility or a walk-in clinic instead of the emergency department.

"Most people who have insurance have a nurse line they can call, and it's worth talking to someone about whether or not you need to go in", Borgen said. We Texans who get the flu shot are protecting our communities and our state, as well as ourselves. A pediatric death is a person under age 18.

The backfire-effect occurs when efforts to provide people with information which challenges their prior beliefs can actually make them more resistant to taking action based on that information.

Seventy percent of Garden State seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot versus 62 percent of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 61 percent of those earning less than $35,000.

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