The Flu Vax: Your Own Personal Bodyguard

The Flu Vax: Your Own Personal Bodyguard – Flu season is almost upon us! In order to protect ourselves from the body-wreckers known as Influenza, we need something in our corner… by way of a bodyguard! Learn more about this bodyguard right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Flu season is just around the corner, meaning your family will be more susceptible to the fever, headaches, cough, sore throats, and congestion that come along with it! Though cases pop up year-round, we see peaks of transmission run as early as October and as late as March. Over 200,000 people will be hospitalized with it, with around 20,000 fatalities. (Influenza, Ohio Department of Health)

This is a diagram of the activity of Influenza-associated hospitalizations in the state of Ohio. You can check regular updated numbers for your area by clicking this link: State of Ohio: Influenza Activity

Don’t allow you or your family member to be part of the statistics. Be prepared with the onslaught of exposure and review the best ways to keep your family safe this season!

Get a Bodyguard

You heard me correctly: Get a bodyguard! Getting the flu vaccine is like having your own personal bodyguard to protect you from the flu.

Where Do I Get My Flu Shot?

The Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD) provides flu shots for patients of all ages, and anyone can schedule a flu shot appointment through the TCHD by calling (330) 343-5555, ext. 174 or 181. 

High dose flu shots are also available for older individuals. The Tuscarawas County Health Department will bill insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare for the flu shot. Additionally, the TCHD will offer a special drive-up flu shot clinic for adults 18 and older (no appointment needed) on Thursday, October 6th from 4 pm to 7 pm. 

Is the Flu Vaccine Safe?

There’s been lots of chatter over the safety of vaccines lately, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s say it loud and clear: The Influenza vaccine is SAFE for all people 6 months and older.

Let’s dig in some more about the Influenza vaccine and its options:

  • The Influenza vaccine is an inactivated vaccine!
    Meaning they inject an inactivated virus (a dead virus, so to speak) into your body so your immune system can recognize and respond to the intruder!
  • There are three kinds of flu vaccines: the regular dose for anyone 6 months old and up, a high-dose flu shot for those 65 years of age and older, and an intradermal flu shot (administered in the skin) for those 18-64 years old.
  • Yes, you should expect side effects.
    As is true for all vaccines, you are being exposed to the virus so you should expect to feel sick. The side effects (low-grade fever, aches, redness and soreness in the injection site) are much milder than if you were to contract the live flu virus out in the world!
History Lesson: If you can recall your history, you might remember learning about “Chicken Pox Parties”, where parents would take their children to someone’s house whose child had chicken pox. The idea was that exposing your children while they’re younger (and stronger) will set up their immune system for success! Same principle when getting your vaccine, minus the icky germ-swapping.

Still have more questions about the Influenza vaccine? Check out our resource links!

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Before the flu season hits, make sure to schedule the flu vaccine for you and the whole gang! You can call the  Tuscarawas County Health Department at (330) 343-5555, ext. 174 or 181 to schedule everyone in for their flu vaccine.

Make sure to follow along on Facebook (@tchdnow) for the latest news and safety tips to keep your family safe this flu season!

Melissa Klatt

Reporting

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