Caroline MacGregor January 24, 2013 | WGVU Each year,
an Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) with the Centers for Disease Control
releases recommendations on who should be vaccinated for flu. A flu shot is now
recommended for almost everyone but especially those with compromised immune
systems, children and the elderly. This year’s vaccine protects against three
strains of flu circulating the globe.
While cases of flu are dropping in West Michigan, supplies of
the vaccine at some doctor’s offices and pharmacies are low and the Kent County
Health Department is responding by offering a health clinic next Thursday, Jan
31st between the hours of 8am and 11:30am at the Main Health Clinic
“The numbers from the emergency department are coming down. We had a very early curve to the flu season meaning we had a lot of cases much sooner than we normally have.”
Bill Antsey who says for the skeptics among us who question mass vaccination and
the effectiveness of the flu shot, the Kent County Health Department continues
to recommend the vaccine.
“I understand that people have some resistance to the vaccine, you see that with whooping cough; people forget diseases we have and how serious they are and they shy away from vaccines and all of a sudden you have these outbreaks. So vaccines do a lot of good and I think because of the good that they do people forget the value of them and say "Oh I don't need that" and then you get these outbreaks.”
takes 10-14 days to become effective. While flu cases are dropping Antsey says
with people back in school in close contact with each other, the risk of the
virus spreading remains. The usual guidelines including hand washing are
recommended by health officials to stop the spread of flu.
As many as
112 million Americans have already received the annual flu shot, according to
the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
flu vaccination clinic will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from 8 a.m.
until 11:30 a.m., at the main Health Department Clinic, 700 Fuller NE, in Grand
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