Student Health offers flu shot clinic
- Author: Santos West Oct 13, 2017,
Oct 13, 2017, 0:21
"They say anywhere from three to seven million people could get the flu in Canada". A preservative containing a form of mercury is used in a few formulations of the flu shot. It was time for his annual flu shot and this year he had it done at the Catawba County Health Department. It was the first flu report issued this season, and health officials said it reflects data that they usually see at the beginning of flu season. It is therefore very important that they get vaccinated.
All currently-enrolled students can get a flu shot at the University's Health Services Office. "Flu shots will be administered on a walk-in basis on October 19 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m". The flu shot is still the best way for seniors to protect themselves. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so if you experience more severe symptoms, you probably caught the flu before you received the shot.
"Immunizations are the safest and most effective way to protect our communities from vaccine-preventable diseases", Director of Health Services at Birkam Health Center Lindsay Barber said.
"I like all of the assistance and benefits that Student Health has available", Katheryn Goodrich, Undeclared Sophomore, said.
Last week, a total of 612 patients in North Carolina were tested for the flu, with six tests coming back with positive.
With Influenza season just beginning across much of the USA, health experts are warning the country may not be prepared for a major outbreak of the virus. The trivalent influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season includes an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage). "Steps taken now to stop the spread of flu could make a huge difference". "We had 16 positive diagnoses a year ago".
This week people are being urged to make sure they are protected against flu, as the NHS launches its national Stay Well This Winter campaign.
The NHS is "more scared than we have ever been" about the risks of a heavy flu season this winter, amid fears the vaccination may fail to protect the elderly.
Regular hand washing is also an important step to prevent contracting the flu.