Flu shots available in Trail pharmacies

Every Thursday from October through December, people will be able to get a flu shot during the walk-clinic between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In addition to reducing the stress and strengthening the immune system, the researchers noted that the fresh air will reduce blood pressure and decrease in the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Last year, more than 250 flu cases were reported in Nebraska in October and November. "Maybe (one year) it was a good year for the recombinant vaccine, but maybe the next year it's no better than the regular". Before you take their word for it and embark on flu season unprotected, hear out Brendan Webster, occupational health nurse with Staff Wellness, as he busts five common myths about influenza vaccine.

Though last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective overall, it proved only about 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, which is known as one of the trickiest strains to combat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And every year that's kind of the million-dollar question.

Some have medical reasons for being unable to have the shot, but others go without by choice. Why? They may be skeptical about vaccines in general.

Influenza (commonly called "the flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and it can cause mild to severe illness.

A record number of people received flu vaccines last winter in Manitoba, with more than 320,000 doses administered. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

"You have to remember that even in the flu season previous year where we were really disappointed in the performance of the flu vaccine, it still did save lives", she said.

The flu can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening complications. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, flu can make it worse.

Do you have a young child? The latest survey included a final analytic sample of 2,265 health care personnel.

It is true that flu vaccines are not foolproof.

It takes two weeks for a flu shot to build your immunity, so the sooner you get one, the better.

Your best protection against the flu is to get your shot, but Mansourian-Christakos also advises being vigilant with hand washing this time of year, and teaching children at home to do so as well.

Local pharmacies and physician offices are offering the flu vaccination daily.

This is unequivocally false.

Flu viruses are rapidly changing, and it's tough to make a highly effective vaccine against it. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects. Articles feature the expertise of faculty, physicians and staff, and are created to offer timely, relevant health information of interest to a broad audience. "Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to the get the flu jab".

Fall is a handsome time of year. You could save a life by doing so - and reduce your own risk of contracting the miserable and unsafe flu virus. He previously served on the New Hampshire Vaccine Association's Board of Directors and was a member of the Immunization Program's Advisory and Vaccine Selection Committees.

  • Santos West