We all know what a disaster the flu vaccine was last year with the mutation of the H3N2, but doctors are very confident this year and are suggesting you should take your flu shot after October starts. Fall is going to officially hit us next week, so there is no better way of being prepared than taking it a few weeks earlier.
The flu, more formally known as Influenza, is a respiratory illness that is very easy to transmit from one person to another. The virus is called influenza and it can easily be spread when somebody is sneezing, coughing or touching any surface that has been touched by many other people before.
The flu can either mildly affect you or be very aggressive depending on your immune system. There are a few million Americans who contract it every year and the health department has declared that around 200,000 people are hospitalized per year because of flu-related complications. So even with all the protection, things are not always bright.
For the time being, if you want to be 100% protected against the flu virus, you need to get vaccinated. Once vaccinated, your body requires around two weeks to adjust its new immunity system. This is how it usually occurs in adults.
The Health Departments clinics for immunization have opened their doors for any person starting with the age of 9. Also, the Fluzone High-Dose version of the vaccine, which is specially designed for persons 65 of age or above, will be offered at these clinics. In case you have special needs, these clinics will also have shingles vaccines and pneumonia vaccines.
The health department has declared that this year’s flu vaccine is going to contain four different strains: the H3N2, the H1N1 and two specific B-like viruses. This wide range of virus containment should reassure you that no flu is going to be affecting you or your family this year.
In case you are interested about the clinic schedule, here is everything you need to know: you will be able to take your shot in 5 different days: the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 27th of October. You can have them at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center on the 1st and 15th; Greenwich Town Hall on the 8th and 27th and at the Bendheim Western Greenwhich Civic Center on October 22nd.
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