Fall weather brings return of Flu shots
by Alan Reed
Nov 07, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Phyllis Stallons protects her health with a flu shot administered by Nurse Linda Burnam.
Phyllis Stallons protects her health with a flu shot administered by Nurse Linda Burnam.
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The return of the fall and winter months of the year means that the influenza virus is again on the march. The Pennyrile Area Health Department’s annual flu shot campaign may protect many residents from the misery-inflicting disease.

Trigg County Health Department Nurse Linda Burnam said that officials recommend the vaccination for everyone over the age of six months, though the clinic only offered shots to people over age 18.

“This vaccine protects against the flu only,” said Burnam. “We recommend people get the injection to protect them during flu season.”

Last flu season, Trigg County Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Gail Franks said she observed a low number of influenza cases in the area. “Flu has been minimal, probably because of vaccinations. I don’t know what else to attribute it to when 35 other counties have reported widespread infections,” she said last January.

At last Thursday’s clinic at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center, the health department charged $20 per injection. Burnam said the staff administered over 400 doses of the vaccination at the clinic, and retained additional doses to conduct a make-up clinic on a date and time to be determined.

“We’ll be giving flu shots for as long as we have them,” said Burnam. “You can call the health department for an appointment or to find out when the make-up clinic will be.”

Burnam asked potential injection-takers to remain at home if sick. “It makes it difficult for us to tell if a person is having a reaction to the shot or if it is because they are already sick.

According to a health department handout entitled “Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, What You Need to Know 2007-2008,” the vaccine can cause side effects of soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, fever and aches. These common side effects could last a day or two. Those with allergies to eggs, vaccine components or with severe reactions in the past to flu shots should discuss the complications with a health care provider before receiving a flu shot.

For more on flu shots, read your latest Cadiz Record.
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