Healthwatch 16: Flu Shots and Pregnancy

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Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February. This contagious respiratory disease kills more people in the US than any other vaccine-preventable disease. In severe cases, however, the virus can lead to unsafe complications resulting in hospitalization or even death.

Grand River Hospital holds weeklong flu vaccine clinics at both its Freeport and K-W sites, and people can also get the flu shot at the pharmacy at K-W Hospital and in the hospital's occupational health office.

Flu season is underway in the First State.

The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for those 5 years and older.

The CDC says it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop to protect against the flu. A higher percentage of them had had flu shots within 28 days of the pregnancy loss and a flu shot the previous year than the women who carried babies to full term.

"The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness and help stop the spread of the flu, especially for vulnerable populations like young children and people 65 and older", North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, shared.

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People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Influenza is a virus which causes infection of the upper airway, and can lead to symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and cough.

As recommended by CDC, nasal spray won't be offered for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County. "In situations when there is an imperfect match to one virus, vaccination provides protection against other strains which may be circulating".

If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-priced flu shot.

The illness can spread from person to person through breathing, coughing and sneezing. Throw away the tissue and wash your hands.

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