Sanford Health to offer flu vaccine clinics

Seasonal flu vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere's flu season will still contain the earlier H3N2 strain, and its trivalent vaccine's B strain will be the Victoria-lineage virus.

"Vaccines are only as useful as when we take advantage of them", Dr. Jernigan said the new vaccine strain mainly affects egg-based flu vaccine manufacturers.

Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent. St. Anthony providers say that although their patients hear the word "flu" frequently, they still have many questions about what influenza really is and the best ways to protect themselves and their loved ones.

The results showed that of all of the factors measured, only positive mood, whether measured repeatedly over a six-week period around vaccination, or on the day of vaccination, was associated with higher blood levels of antibodies to H1N1, a potentially risky flu strain, at both four and 16 weeks post-vaccination.

According to the Health Department, those who come to the clinic "should bring their insurance card with them to the flu vaccine clinic".

"There are many options for getting the flu shot including your doctor's office, walk-in clinic, pharmacy, and public health clinic".

The flu shot, of course, is not ideal, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says getting vaccinated reduces the chance of catching the flu by 40 to 60 percent.

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"I urge everyone 6 months and older to do the same as soon as vaccine is available in their community", said Price. "This is particularly true for certain groups: older adults, pregnant women, people with some long-term medical conditions and young children", he explained. "There are thousands of places where you can get your flu shot", he added. Research showed that 57 percent of children who were severely ill with the flu had not gotten the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.

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- Wide variation in influenza coverage was seen across states among children age 6 months to 17 years ranging from 43 percent (Wyoming) to 74.2 percent (Rhode Island) and in adults age 18 years and older from 33.4 percent (Nevada) to 51.1 percent (South Dakota).

The hospitalization rate last season for influenza was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season, officials said. The study examined data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014. In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older. "Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease".

He said that for this season, health officials are recommending only injectable vaccines, not nasal spray flu vaccine.

Officials said that for the 2017-2018 season, vaccine manufacturers have estimated that as many as 166 million doses of flu vaccine will be available nationally.

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  • Ismael Montgomery