Arlington is Offering Flu Shots for Children and Seniors

Health Department ready for flu season

“Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects us against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses”, said Marie Smith, immunization and child health coordinator for North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

While the nasal spray vaccination isn’t recommended, doctors still say that everyone should be vaccinated against the flu.

The nasal spray flu vaccine provided only 3% protection against the flu last season.

That’s bad because every year, some children get very sick from influenza.

Adults and children six months and older with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma. Every year in the U.S., the influenza virus puts hundreds of thousands of people in the hospital, and kills thousands to tens of thousands. Whereas there are only about three strains of the flu passed around each season – a much lighter load for researchers to tackle in regards to creating a vaccine compared to the roughly 20-30 types of rhinoviruses passed along during cold season, according to a Business Insider report. “A lot of people believe that that happens, that they get sick once they get it”. Director of Health and Human Services Christine Bongiorno asks that residents be proactive in getting their flu shots by attending one of the Health Department’s upcoming clinics.

“Now, after looking at all the information from various countries, they’re saying this year the recommendation is whether it’s the nasal spray or the needle, that both are effective and you can use either on in children aged two to 17”, she said in an interview with CBC News: Compass.

“As far as we know there should not be a problem with our flu vaccine supply”, Wernsman said. Vaccine makers have clipped out the chemical codes that allow a virus to hijack healthy cells and give you sniffles, fever and muscle aches.

Flu viruses are constantly changing and it’s not unusual for new seasonal flu viruses to appear each year. “There are steps you can take but this is the best thing you can do”.

You may have noticed your local clinic already offering the vaccine. One in particular – H1N1 or the “bird flu” virus – had scientists anxious in 2009. Officials also say antibiotics do not cure the flu, which is caused by a virus. “Do you know when you’ll be directly exposed to the flu?” This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children up to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.

The Division of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the flu vaccine because it can keep you from getting the flu, make the flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and others.