State Officials Urge Residents to Get Flu Shot

Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway

The agency publishes data each week of the season on reports of influenza-like illness from hospital emergency departments and sentinel health care providers around the state; positive flu tests reported by 22 hospital laboratories in OR; and hospitalizations reported in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

The month of October means that flu season is just around the corner.

Colby said he himself is not concerned, but he is "vigilant" when it comes to influenza. "It does take a couple weeks to get fully protected", said State Epidemiologist, Zack Moore. "I think we really have to assess the situation as it's developing". Morrison said she hopes that leads to more people getting vaccinated.

And despite the myths you've heard, the flu shot does not give you the flu, Passaretti said. It's a random occurrence. As per the Health and Safety page of the University website, flu viruses remain active for almost 2-8 hours after being deposited on a hard surface.

"It is important to have one because I don't want to get the flu".


The Kettering Health Network is offering a unique way for people to get their flu shots at their local hospitals. No outbreaks were declared. If you've never been keen on getting a shot once a year (like about half of Americans), think about it like this: Do it so others don't get the flu. "The side effects are usually non-existent or very, very mild".

If you have health insurance, check with your primary health care provider if you can get the vaccination at no cost. The health unit then coordinates distribution with pharmacies, family doctors and nurse practitioners.

Some people avoid the flu shot because they believe they might catch the virus from the vaccine, but that's just a myth. Dr. Pritish Tosh, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, told the Daily Mail that the influenza vaccine doesn't contain any live virus. It also helps to prevent spreading flu to your family and other people.

"They think it's diarrhea and upset stomach", he said. Symptoms vary by age but can include: fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and a runny or stuffy nose. "However, influenza is different - it is a serious infection of the airways that can be quite severe".

Anyone can get influenza.

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