Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Local clinics encourage flu vaccinations during October

Local clinics encourage flu vaccinations during October

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay in a statement said the vaccination program aims to minimize hospitalization and complications that accompany flu, especially during the rainy season.

"As a healthcare provider, one of my concerns is that our students and some employees don't think it's important to get the vaccine, but it has been proven through lots of research over the years that it is the best protection mechanism", Weber said.

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"Generally people should start getting vaccinated now", Fishman said, and that they should do so by Halloween to Thanksgiving. "I can't imagine there's anybody who's offering it", Fierstein says.

But because Peterson can't make that decision for everyone, her family, including daughter Anisa Peterson, is taking the health department's advice.

"There's a term called cocooning, which is where every one of us who can get a shot, should", said Pam Whitney with the Missoula County Health Department. "So, it is perfectly safe for pregnant women to get their flu shot", said Mauriello.

Trends show flu vaccinations have remained relatively flat over the last decade, meaning millions of Americans will put it off until next year, or indefinitely, citing concerns of ineffectiveness or that it's not necessary. The flu shot is $20.

Flu-related hospitalizations nationwide have reached almost 710,000 each year, while flu-related deaths range from 12,000 to 56,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With walk-in, after-hours and weekend availability, urgent care centers offer convenient access to flu shots, cold and flu treatment and more for busy patients.

Vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies, at your doctor's office and more.

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