Health Unit recommends flu shots, offering appointments later this month

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Last year, anywhere from 24,000 to 62,000 Americans died of the flu.

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"COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses", the CDC website states.

The flu kills 12,000 to 60,000 people each year and hundreds of thousands are typically hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The clinics are a collaboration among the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Student Health Services and pharmacists from Tops Markets, J. Rutowksi Pharmacies and Middleport Family Health.

"When the bad weather comes here on the western side of OR, people stay inside more and they share more air and this is a respiratorily spread virus so the risk clearly goes up", said Luedtke. "It also continues the practical training of our student pharmacists in the area of vaccinations". Adults 50 and older should get two doses of the shingles vaccine.

"We have had to take a different approach this year in planning our flu clinics".

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Certain groups who are most at risk from influenza can get the flu vaccination for free, but others will have to pay privately.

Most people that are young and in good health will take the regularly administered flu vaccine well and that will be enough for them.

If you require additional information, you are encouraged to visit Dutchess County's webpage regarding the flu. "Children who need two doses of flu vaccine should start the process sooner; two doses must be spaced four weeks apart".

The flu is more risky and potentially deadly than many people realize, said Dr. Steven Thomas, chief of infectious disease at Upstate Medical University. Co-infection is possible, thus, it is even more important to get a flu vaccination since preventing or minimizing flu, may help to diagnose COVID-19 infection more easily. However, it's important to understand that COVID-19 is causing significantly more hospitalizations and deaths in SC and across the country. The prevalence of these symptoms is likely to increase in the community as flu season approaches, and the vaccine offers the best protection against the illness, according to the release.

The Delaware General Health District is offering an all-day opportunity to get a flu vaccine at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Every year, we have someone that comes in with a cough, sneezing, etc. "This is very early on in the flu season so people just have to be patient and feel reassured that the system is there to support them".

People will be asked to put on a face mask while in their vehicle before receiving the flu vaccine. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu.

When should one get a flu vaccine? That could help prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed with flu and coronavirus patients at the same time. "This is the time when we should be differing to our seniors and elders in our community to make sure they're protected". "If your child has had the flu vaccine and they come into contact with flu virus, these antibodies attack the virus and stop children from getting sick", he explained. "We're all in this together". "It's a win-win", he added.

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