Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Medical | By Jackie Banks

CDC: Flu 'widespread' in Pennsylvania

CDC: Flu 'widespread' in Pennsylvania

"It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the flu after you are vaccinated, so I encourage everyone who has not yet had a flu shot to get one today".

This means it's still wise to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season, which will continue well into spring. Some people claim to get slightly sick after getting the shot, other vaccine veterans say the shot hurts worse than the average immunisation ritual, and yet there are others who think getting vaccinated and taking store-bought medication are interchangeable.

"Many healthy people that get the flu say it feels like they have been hit by a train", Mallory Swartzentruber, the public health educator for the Daviess County Health Department, said.

This national map, created by the CDC, tracks the flu across America. This leaves much room for improvement in vaccination rates.

For more information regarding the flu and vaccine, contact the Rowan County Health Center at 784-8954. It's already been flu season there. The most common side effects from the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection and, in some cases, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle ache.

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"The manufacturer has provided Trivalent influenza vaccine for infants 6 months - 35 months to cover the gap not met by the current stock of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine approved for persons 3 years of age and older". "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold".

CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said the funding for the policy would be provided by the Paujar Charity Foundation and would be donated in yearly batches from next year to 2028, helping the government provide better protection for infants older than 12 months.

Seniors, those aged over 65, get the shots free.

As with many medications, there can be several side effects from getting a flu shot.

In rare cases, serious allergic reactions may occur. Usually these symptoms will occur within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot has been administered. However, those in high-risk groups like the elderly or the very very young might need to see the doctor and a prescription.

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