Patients told: 'Get your flu jab now'

Laverne Higgins
November 10, 2018

While not as bad as the early days of last flu season, the bug is taking off in Arizona already and the number of cases is running above normal.

Sabra Klein, PhD, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health who is leading the research effort, helped conduct studies that found females tend to develop significantly higher immune responses to the vaccine than males. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective means of protecting yourself and your family.

Flu season typically peaks December through March. The cost is $10.00 per shot for adults and children.

Some of those conditions include: Children ages 2 to 17 who are taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medication; people who have weakened immune systems; those who are age 5 and up who have asthma; and others with conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, or neurological or neuromuscular disorders.

Darrell Gale, East Sussex Director of Public Health, said: "Flu is a very unpleasant illness and vaccination is particularly important for people at increased risk of the effects of the disease".

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As well, doctors and health care professionals are able to provide the flu shot for families and babies six months of age and up. "Only the flu shot will be given". There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester. "The single best way to improve influenza-related outcomes is to vaccinate people".

10, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Health, New Orleans Department of Health and New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps will offer flu shots at Joe Brown Park (5601 Read Blvd.).

Dr. Frank Illuzzi, chief medical officer at CityMD, and a board-certified physician in emergency medicine, recommends patients speak with their medical providers about the different flu vaccine options to determine which one is the best fit for them.

"I encourage people, even if they don't necessarily want to get a flu shot for themselves, to do it for others, to do it for those they love and those who are in their circle", O'Neal said.

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