Floyd County Health Department Issues Statement on Early Flu Season

22 September, 2018, 07:26 | Author: Kara Nash
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FluMist nasal spray will not be available at this year's vaccine clinics.

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department is offering flu shots for people ages six months and older between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at its offices at 1005 W. Worley Street.

There are more indications flu season is getting a head start in the First State this year. In order to increase awareness and spread knowledge of the flu, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) implemented the inaugural New Jersey College and University Flu Challenge. It's recommended to be given to people 65 and older.

"There are individuals that cannot receive the flu vaccine, whether they have a reaction to it or their immune system is attacked or they're too young", said McFee.

Among the benefits of getting vaccinated for the flu: Getting a vaccine doesn't mean you won't get the flu, but if you do get sick it could be less severe, experts say.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

The health department picked up the vaccine because, as of a few months ago, it can now bill Medicare for the shots. We then spoke with a physician at Banner Health, about the effectiveness of getting vaccinated before the start of flu season.

"We're still limited in what we're able to give", Bevington said. "We look forward to providing flu vaccines for adults at our public clinics". For those who do not have insurance coverage, the flu vaccine may be available for free to those who qualify.

"You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community", the CDC suggests.

"Early indications at this point are that we are seeing two or three times the activity that we saw at this point past year", state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow said.

Seasonal bouts of the flu and allergies are a common affair in most homes, especially if there are school-going children or older adults.

This year's trivalent vaccines will protect against the A/Michigan strain, a H1N1-like virus; A/Singapore, a H3N2-like virus; and B/Colorado (Victoria lineage), while the quadrivalent vaccine will also protect against the B/Phuket strain (Yamagata lineage).



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