The importance of the flu shot


THIS IS COMING OUT OF TOOELE COUNTY TRYING TO COME INTO THE SALT LAKE VALLEY AND IT WILL CAUSE SOME SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. THEY DO NOT THINK THE CRASH WILL BE CLEARED UP FOR ANOTHER HALF AN HOUR. Sarah: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, FLU SEASON IS COMING BACK AROUND THE CORNER. HERE TO TALK ABOUT WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO GET THE FLU SHOT WE HAVE TROY DAVIS FROM THE SALT LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT — THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. WE ARE EVERY YEAR BUT FLU SHOTS. WHY ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT TO GET? INFLUENZA IS NOT LIKE A — IT IS NOT AHEAD COLD, IT IS NOT A STOMACH FLU, IS A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS AND IT CAN CAUSE PNEUMONIA AND EVEN DEATH IN SOME INDIVIDUALS. SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE PROTECTED AGAINST THAT. Sarah: RIGHT. YOU THINK OF THIS AS SOMETHING MUNDANE AND EVERYONE GETS IT BUT IT CAN REALLY BE DANGEROUS FOR POPULATIONS AT RISK. IT CAN. Sarah: PERSONA VISIT THERE IN THEIR PRIME AND THEY FEEL INVINCIBLE WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GET THE SHOT? WHO CAN THEY BE EFFECTING? LIKE YOU SAID, SENIORS, INFANTS, ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH OTHER HEALTH ISSUES THAT CAN COMPLICATE FROM RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES. Sarah: GOT IT, OKAY. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET THESE SHOTS. YOU CAN GET THEM IN A LOT OF PLACES. WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND? YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH GET THEM ANYWHERE. YOUR LOCAL HEALTH PROVIDER, PHARMACY, LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. Sarah: I FEEL LIKE THERE’S ALWAYS SIGNS GOING AROUND OR SALES LIKE GET YOUR HELP SHOT HERE. WE WERE CHATTING BEFORE ABOUT DIFFERENT PEOPLE MIGHT NEED A DIFFERENT KIND OF FLU SHOT. CAN YOU GO INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT? SOME PEOPLE SUCH AS PREGNANT WOMEN DO BETTER WITH NON-PRESERVATIVE VACCINATIONS. THEY ARE PACKAGED INDIVIDUALLY. THEY DO COST A LITTLE BIT MORE BECAUSE OF THE PACKAGING. BUT FLU SHOTS ARE TYPICALLY FAIRLY INEXPENSIVE. Sarah: GOT IT. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU MIGHT NEED A DIFFERENT KIND OF SHOT JUST CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, RIGHT? YES. Sarah: PERFECT. THE TIMEFRAME, WHEN SHOULD I BE GETTING MY FLU SHOT? IDEALLY ABOUT TWO WEEKS BEFORE INFLUENZA STARTS CIRCULATING. ANY TIME FROM NOW THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER IS WHAT IS RECOMMENDED. Sarah: GOT IT, OKAY. SO IT’S TIME, LET’S GET ON THAT FLU SHOT SEASON. INDEED.>>Sarah: THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO LEAD PEOPLE WITH YOUR LINKS TO RESOURCES?>>EVERY SIX MONTHS AND OLDER IS RECOMMENDED TO GET THE FLU SHOT. YOU’RE WELCOME TO GO ON SALT LAKE HEALTH.org OR CALL 385 OR

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