Flu Shots: Vaccinations are best protection against the flu

Free flu shot clinic to be held in Benson

Free flu shot clinic to be held in Benson Flu Shot

Health Department Director Dr. Hector Gonzalez says although we locally see more flu activity in December and January, they already have confirmed cases.

It will take place on the second floor of the Police Department Thursday from 3pm-5pm.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for people six months and older and the sooner you get it, the better.

It is a first come, first served basis.

New Yorkers can also visit the NYC Health Map to find pharmacies that are enrolled in the federally-funded Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which provides flu vaccines for VFC-eligible children (including those on Medicaid and children without insurance) at no cost, although an administration fee may be charged if the child does not have insurance. The sooner in the flu season, the better because it takes two weeks to build antibodies to fight the virus.

People attending the clinic won't have to leave the comfort of their auto to get the free flu shot.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. This makes getting vaccinated against the flu every year an important part of keeping Ontarians healthy.

Some years are worse than others, but it is very hard to predict how severe an upcoming season can be.

Although everyone can get the flu, certain individuals are at higher risk for flu complications including difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or requiring hospitalization.

Statistics show that 48.8 million people contracted the virus, 22.7 million sought medical treatment, and almost 960-thousand were hospitalized. The nasal spray flu vaccine is safe for people between ages 2 and 49 who are not pregnant. The CDC indicates that vaccines either contain an inactivated and no longer infectious strain of the virus, a particle created to look like a flu virus to your immune system, or a live virus that has been changed so as not to infect a person.

One thing that is debatable, however, is whether or not one should get the influenza vaccine. They beefed up the vaccine this year, so we're hoping that it's going to be more effective. A lot of it had to do with people who are now on social media and and also the regular media who are not getting good information on vaccines.

To help get the word out, Minister Elliott encouraged colleagues, community leaders and people across the province to get their flu shot and post about it on social media using the hashtag #FightTheFlu.

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. Newhouse highlighted a vaccine called Flu Zone High Dose which is tailored for seniors because it helps strengthen their immune systems. It's been around a long time and sometimes, when people can't get flu vaccines, we'll use it for prevention.

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