Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Camden County Offering Free Flu Shots to Residents

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2017-2018 influenza season.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual a year ago, with activity picking up at the end of October.

Health officials recommend that essentially everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected.

"The good news is, the virus that they're seeing is one that's included in the seasonal vaccine this year", Glashower said.

The flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus that often comes on suddenly.

It prevents the flu in about 60 per cent of healthy people when the strains of viruses it contains correspond to the strains circulating. People who are not at high risk for serious flu complications may also be treated with influenza antiviral drugs, especially if treatment can begin within 48 hours. That includes fever, chills, body aches, coughing, and a runny nose. Treatment generally consists of antiviral medication.

Australia's worst flu season on record has been blamed by doctors on a cheap vaccine.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, in a news release.

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