Utahns prepare for arrival of flu season

Utahns prepare for arrival of flu season

October 5, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Other clinics that will be offered in the Estevan area include: Oct. 25 at the Bienfait Regional Library from 11 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at Mainprize Manor in Midale from noon to 6 p.m., and Oct. 26 at the Prairie Lilly Club in Lampman at 10 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this morning announced its guidelines for this year's flu season, with focus this year placed on increasing the number of people vaccinated after statistics suggest little increase in those opting for the vaccine.

UI freshman Hannah Peterson, who gets a flu shot every year, said she attributes her health throughout the season to the vaccine. Antiviral drugs may help shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. The CDC bases its recommendations on when flu infections are likely to become common, this year recommending people aim to get the vaccine by the end of October.

For more than 20 years the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, or NFID, has gathered public partners to address flu season.

"We see cases of the flu every season", said Robinson.

In a new study, European scientists found evidence that being in a positive mood on the day of a flu vaccination can increase its protective effect.

Medical experts encourage you to separate myth from fiction when it comes to getting the vaccination.

The flu virus is spread easily spread by coughing, sneezing and nasal secretions and is often transmitted via dirty surfaces and hands.

Patients' primary fears tend to be that they think they get the flu from the flu vaccine and that they never get the flu, so why should they get the vaccine? The flu strikes suddenly and can last several days.

Then, for the next four weeks after the vaccine the participants continued to record their diary entries and gave another blood sample on week four, concluding with one more blood sample at week 16.

The CDC recommends that individuals considered to be of "high risk" like young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease get the vaccine as soon as possible. You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. During last year's flu season, 3,340 Coloradans were hospitalized with flu, and two Colorado children died. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season.

How should you treat flu?

Can the flu shot help prevent or decrease the symptoms of a strain of influenza that isn't specifically covered by the vaccine? There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and, in severe cases, can lead to death.

Getting the flu will cause you to miss work or school, along with your favorite activities.

The study authors measured the positive and negative moods, diet, exercise and sleep habits of 138 adults ages 65 to 85. If you're a parent with an anxious child, go in with them.

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