Wilkes-Barre Health Department to offer free flu vaccine clinics

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A slight fever? Aching muscles?

But the CDC reports that there are several new things this season.

A vaccination, even if it doesn't prevent all symptoms, reduces the severity of the flu, reduces the risk of hospitalization and the number of flu-related fatalities.

What is a flu shot made of?

Cell-grown flu vaccine will be quadrivalent.

The flu vaccine is covered by most insurance plans but Margaret Mary Health recommends patients call their insurance company in advance to verify coverage. There are also a lot of other health constraints.

Quadrivalent shots: These are created to provide protection against the same viruses dealt by the trivalent shots and a fourth one, a variant of the influenza B virus.

"There are individuals that cannot receive the flu vaccine, whether they have a reaction to it or their immune system is attacked or they're too young", said McFee.

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The fee for the high dose flu vaccine will be $61.

According to the CDC, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. But not for the reasons you might think. You don't want to wait until the middle of the flu season because you don't know when the peak season will be.

Bon Secours is offering free flu shots during their annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Day event on September 29, from 8-11 a.m.at four of their locations: Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View. These groups are more often under-vaccinated. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and there is the rare occasion when a person will become ill during that period of time.

Sometimes, some individuals simply aren't protected from the virus despite getting vaccinated. "We have tried to put in an order for the last few weeks; our flu shots won't be in until mid-October".

"Unfortunately, even healthy children die from the flu", Myerson said.

How long does a flu shot last?

Watson says everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

Flu season has arrived and the Auglaize County Health Department is ready to distribute vaccine shots to help protect local residents from the illness. "It gives a better immune response".