County health department is offering clinics for flu vaccine

Laverne Higgins
September 21, 2018

Lange says if the flu hasn't come to your community by February, getting a flu shot in that month is acceptable, also. The best way to stay out of such statistics, the CDC says, is for everyone who is eligible and at least 6 months old to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the 2017-2018 flu season was the first to be classified as high severity in all age groups across the country. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes. But this isn't because the vaccinations don't work for most people.

With school back in session, kids are sharing germs and another flu season is around the corner, making now a beneficial time to get vaccinated. We then spoke with a physician at Banner Health, about the effectiveness of getting vaccinated before the start of flu season.

"The injections have stronger efficacy (rate) so the MoHP uses these", she said.

Olga Martinez is just one of the many mothers in Laredo taking advantage of the flu vaccination clinics. Customers get a $5 off $25 coupon when they get the shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. Other formulation flu vaccines are not available using the VA Walgreens program.

According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. It's recommended to be given to people 65 and older.

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Flu vaccine will be available at the health department beginning September 24.

The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them. That's especially true when it comes to protecting the elderly.

The trivalent vaccine targets three strains of the flu, while the quadrivalent targets four strains.

Harborview Medical Center has already treated one case of the flu this year.

DE health officials say flu cases have been confirmed in the state's three counties and one person has been hospitalized. Flu season can start early, and it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the full antibody effect to develop and provide flu protection.

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