OPM, HHS Urge Federal Employees to Get Flu Shots


For most of us, getting the flu shot is just a regular part of fall.

But, that was nearly 100 years ago!

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months or older, and especially for people with health complications, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, who are more susceptible to health complications arising from a flu infection. Each year, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. Those antibodies help protect us from influenza viruses if we come in contact with them later. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

Dr David Rogers, Medical Director at NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We are encouraging people who are eligible to take a moment to plan when they can have the jab".

A nurse administers a flu shot at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois, on October 12, 2017.

There are some outlying strains of the flu not covered by the typical flu shot - unfortunately it is possible to contract one of these non-vaccine containing flu strains.

In terms of effectiveness, Munoz concedes that the flu vaccine isn't ideal.

Myth #4: "The side effects are worse than the flu". Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults - including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat.

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To protect adults and children alike from the risk of flu and its complications, flu vaccinations are available through the NHS. As for the risk of allergic reaction, the odds of experiencing a severe allergic reaction are less than 1 in 4 million.

Other health departments in the district are also offering flu shots by appointment. That preservation process makes the virus serve as the antigen, or substance which causes the human body to create antibodies and fight the flu. Not only is that statement completely false it is totally impossible!

Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and ideal health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. A dead virus can not reproduce and therefore can not infect a person. "But it's the flu and it can do a lot of tricky things, so we won't know for sure until the season begins in earnest".

Overall, the vaccine was estimated to be 40 percent effective for both the A and B flu viruses in the past flu season, the CDC reported.

Over the years, you've probably heard plenty of people declare their reasons for skipping the flu shot.

However, this year the vaccine has gotten a tuneup "to better match circulating viruses", according to the CDC.

Although the flu shot is a recommended way of fighting influenza, there are other ways aside from the shot that can help you avoid from getting sick such as staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, drinking fluids and always washing your hands.