Time is now for precautions against impending influenza season
The herd theory suggests the number of people vaccinated within a population helps ward off contagions by a healthier community.
“I think one thing helping this area is that it’s a small closed community and not as many people are traveling. With bigger cities, there is such an influx of people and the virus is more likely to spread,” said Dr. Kirk Yamato, physician at Pioneer Community Hospital’s Chestnut Medical Clinic.
With each flu season as unpredictable as the last, a first defense is a flu shot. The flu vaccine can either be applied through injection or nasal spray. The antibodies developed typically two weeks after receiving a flu shot destroy the influenza virus after a person is exposed. Flu shots usually protect between 50 and 80 percent of those receiving them. People with egg allergies and newborns less than sixth months old should not get the flu vaccine. Those who especially need the flu vaccine are people age 50 and older; residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities; those with chronic lung or heart conditions, including asthma; those with chronic diseases like diabetes or kidney disease; women who will be pregnant during flu season; and those who might transmit the flu to high-risk individuals.
In the event of contracting the flu, rest and fluids are strongly recommended.
Covering your mouth when you cough, avoiding close contact with people with the flu and constant hand washing are important preventative measures.
While flu shot awareness typically begins in October, some professionals say the peak immunity is six to 12 weeks. Since flu season ranges from November until April with its peak normally during the winter months, it’s hard to anticipate when the vaccine is most needed.
“It’s hard to pinpoint when the peak of the flu season will be as it’s unpredictable year by year. Some viruses are more viral, which makes a difference on the season each year,” Yamato said.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas ranked among the highest in the nation to flu-like illnesses as of Nov. 24. The CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance report estimated Mississippi to have a widespread outbreak of the flu in the week ending Nov. 24.
- Vaccination is the key to preventing the spread of measles
- Flu season arrives early this year, take preventative measures
- Pioneer begins community outreach seminars
- Amory pediatrician warns parents of Enterovirus D68
- Mississippi Department of Health issues statewide flu warning
- Flu season sweeps across the county
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Ray Van DusenI've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at email@example.com.
- Landmark designation sought for Hatley School June 27, 2016
- Mock plane crash exercise builds on cohesiveness June 23, 2016
- Westlake Chemical to acquire shares of Axiall Corporation June 27, 2016
- Aberdeen School District holding budget hearing June 27, 2016
- Shooting sends one to Aberdeen hospital June 27, 2016
- Nettleton’s Adams signs with ICC softball June 29, 2016
- Monroe Journal has early deadlines June 29, 2016
- Amory aldermen approve rezoning on Highway 278 June 29, 2016
- Corvette showcase planned for Aberdeen Bulldog Festival June 29, 2016
- Aldermen approve donation for Aberdeen Bulldog Festival June 29, 2016
- Carroll White: Would love to see this happen for the Hatley Schoo...
- Chad Houston: Great article!!! The event called "Cruisin' Amor...
- Robert Pope: Theys a Explosive an bomb unit circling the block....
- Carlos Ann Sanders: Congratulations to the Amory Panthers and to Coach...
- Anti-bigot: This article is a joke just like this county and t...