Teton County Health Department has two more walk-in flu clinics: one tomorrow, and one on Friday, November 15. The victim was a 69-year-old Oakland County man. Other factors, including the availability of insurance coverage during a possible pandemic and adequate supply and demand also play a major role in the stockpiling of flu vaccines in these different regions, according to PMR. These high-risk individuals, those who live or care for them or anyone that can not get a flu shot should especially get vaccinated and take preventative actions.
"Vaccination is the most effective protection against the flu", said Dr. Russell Faust, medical director for Oakland County.
Patients are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the days and times that the flu vaccine will be distributed.
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is reminding residents of the city to get their free flu shots for what health officials are saying is the best way to prevent getting influenza.
Everyone over the age of 6 months receive an influenza vaccination and take preventative measures such as washing their hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub when water is not available.
She said it's important to get the shot to protect family, friends and neighbours, especially people aged 65 and older, children and pregnant women. "In addition, vaccinations lowers the severity of the illness, complications and protects the community".
In the United Kingdom, the British HIV Association recommends that people living with HIV should be offered a vaccine containing four different types of flu virus - a quadrivalent vaccine of two A-strains and two B-strains.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches.
The flu usually occurs suddenly and can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes lead to death.
While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly influenza report indicates that flu rates remain low, this week they are also on the rise.