City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

Francis Osborne
December 30, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

"Patients are recovering from surgery and various illnesses, so we can not risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses", said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer at Anderson Hospital. "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Taylor. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less".

"If you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue".

"Be sure to clean high-touch surfaces (exam tables, counter tops, chairs, sinks and faucets, door handles, light switches, etc.) with a disinfecting solution as needed and allow to air dry", she said.

Influenza B, typically seen toward the end of flu season, is accounting for the the jump in New Jersey cases this season, according to state data. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.

The CDC has recommended three main antivirals: oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiful, ) zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir, all of which the CDC says contain a strain of H3N2 which should be effective against this year's version.

Should I still get a flu vaccine?

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More and more people are getting sick, but the state of IL says there's still time to get a flu shot.

It's very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness, and people who are at higher risk for flu complications based on their age or underlying medical conditions.

"We're not considering this an outbreak, but an uptick looking at the level of activity and severity of the illness", Dr. Michael Vernon, NorthShore University HealthSystem director of infection prevention and control, told the Journal. Schaffner is also a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops vaccine recommendations for the CDC.

Trivedi said the flu virus is significantly contagious as it can easily spread from an infected person to others through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing and lack of hand washing.

From the California coast to the shores of South Carolina, Americans across the country are coming down with some nasty strains of the flu this year.

"Walk in and roll up your sleeve", said Schaffner.

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