Too late for a flu shot?

Terry of Spring Lake asked, "Can you still get a flu shot in the Tri-Cities? If so, where and how much? Do you need insurance?"
Mark Brooky
Jan 22, 2014

ANSWER:

Yes, you can. While it is best to get vaccinated prior to the flu season, it's still not too late.

Kristina Wieghmink, the spokeswoman for the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, said the typical flu season runs from October to April, so it's best to get vaccinated in August or September.

"If a person waits, then anytime during the flu season is fine, but the vaccine does take up to two weeks to become most effective," Wieghmink explained.

During the off-season (May through September), it is not as urgent or necessary to get the flu vaccine. However, children under the age of 9 who are receiving their first flu vaccine require two shots, typically 28 days apart. So, parents should be mindful when getting their children ready for the flu season, Wieghmink said.

Readers can find available flu vaccine locations in the area at this website: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.

"It looks like Grand Haven has several locations — Meijer, Walgreens, D&W and Rite Aid," Wieghmink said. "People should contact their preferred location (physician's office or pharmacy) to find out which vaccine is best for them, pricing and whether or not they accept health insurance."

The county health department has a link on its website for more information on the importance of the flu vaccine.

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Comments

sirhansalot

1.) There is a total lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots. A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo. Also the shots are only able to protect against certain strains of the virus, which means that if you come into contact with a different strain of virus you will still get the flu.

2.) Medical journals have published thousands of articles revealing that injecting vaccines can actually lead to serious health problems including harmful immunological responses and a host of other infections. This further increases the body’s susceptibility to the diseases that the vaccine was supposed to protect against.

3.) Ever noticed how vaccinated children within days or few weeks develop runny noses, pneumonia, ear infections and bronchiolitis? The reason is the flu virus introduced in their bodies which creates these symptoms. It also indicates immuno-suppression i.e. lowering of the immunity. The flu vaccines actually do not immunize but sensitize the body against the virus.

4.) Its a known fact that Flu vaccines contain strains of the flu virus along with other ingredients. Now think about the impact such a vaccine can have over someone with a suppressed immune system? If you have a disease that is already lowering your body’s ability to fight a virus, taking the flu shot will put your body in danger of getting the full effects of the flu and make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other contagious diseases.

5.) The Flu vaccines contain mercury, a heavy metal known to be hazardous for human health. The amount of mercury contained in a multi-dose flu shot is much higher than the maximum allowable daily exposure limit. Mercury toxicity can cause memory loss, depression, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases and many more such serious health ailments.

And what about the elderly? Can the flu vaccine help them?

6.) There is mounting evidence that flu shots can cause Alzheimer’s disease. One report shows that people who received the flu vaccine each year for 3 to 5 years had a 10-fold greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who did not have any flu shots. Also with age the immune system weakens, thus lowering your ability to fight off infections. Introducing the flu virus in the bodies of elderly could have dangerous consequences.

Can we trust the authorities who are promoting the wide-spread use of flu vaccines?

7.) The Center for Disease Control appoints a 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This committee is responsible for deciding who should be vaccinated each year. Almost all the ACIP have a financial interest in immunizations. It’s all about the money and may have very little to do with your health and well being. The very people pushing these vaccines stand to make billions of dollars. This itself creates a doubt on how effective these flu vaccines really are?

8.) Research shows that over-use of the flu-vaccine and drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can actually alter flu viruses and cause them to mutate into a more deadly strain. Couple this with drug resistant strains and you have virtually no benefits with much risk.

9.) There is enough evidence that shows that the ingredients present in the flu vaccinations can actually cause serious neurological disorders. In the 1976 swine flu outbreak, many who got the flu shots developed permanent nerve damage. Flu vaccines can contain many harmful materials including detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, and strains of live flu virus. Is this what you want to put in YOUR body?

10.) Trying to guess what strain to vaccinate against each season has proved to be no more effective than a guessing game. This has been very true in recent years with the H1N1 strain. Moreover getting multi-shots will only prove more dangerous as different strains of viruses and harmful ingredients are introduced into your body.

Flu shots are indeed more dangerous than you could think, and it is best to rely on natural ways to protect against the flu rather than getting yourself vaccinated.

Isn’t it interesting that the main stream public health officials never promote the various proven ways to avoid the flu other than through vaccination? How about spending some of the billions of advertising dollars teaching us natural ways to boost our immune systems and avoid the flu without harmful and sometimes deadly vaccinations.

happycamper

i developed heart disease back in 1999, for the past 14 years i get the flu shot every year regardless what people say, so much bull about the shots, i am glad i did, i also heard bad things about the polio and chicked pox vaccine, glad i had those too, im 70 years old doing well, dont believe all the crap people is spreading around town

tetrahydra

Yeah so people should ignore warnings because you said so. Seems like you are contradicting yourself.

bigdeal

yeah, how dare you voice your opinion on here anyway!!!

happycamper

walgreens is offering the flu shots for something like 25 bucks, also when you go to the your doctor ask questions, they also offer the shots, many pharmacies do offer

bigdeal

Walgreens is $45. Leppinks is $20. Health Dept is $25. No insurance needed.

sirhansalot

You will be just fine with out your flu shot.

bigdeal

get one if you want, you may die without it. You definitely won't die getting one.

Ottawa County P...

Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH)

sirhansalot has great point about making sure public health officials continue to promote healthy lifestyles and ways to prevent illnesses. To follow up on OCDPH’s reply to Terry’s question about getting a flu shot, below is information on healthy living and disease prevention. If you need additional resources, please feel free to contact me (Kristina Wieghmink, OCDPH Communications) at kwieghmink@miottawa.org .

Thank you for your interests and helping to keep our communities safe and healthy!

Mission
Ottawa County Department of Public Health will assure conditions in which all people can achieve optimum health.

Vision
Healthy People

www.miOttawa.org/flu or www.michigan.gov/flu or www.cdc.gov/flu

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness. Every year various strains of the seasonal flu circulate in our community causing "the flu" in tens of thousands of people.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent illnesses and the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

1. Eat Healthy www.miOttawa.org/nutrition
a. Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
b. Reduce fat by serving low fat milk and dairy products, along with lean meats and poultry.
c. Limit sugary foods and beverages.
d. Keep snacks healthy. Serve fresh fruit, raw vegetables and low fat cheese.
e. Serve correct portion sizes; 2-3oz meat, 1/2c. pasta, 2T peanut butter, 1/2c. vegetables or 1oz cheese.
f. Never put your child on a calorie restricting diet without the advice of a physician.

2. Get Active
a. Encourage your kids to play outside with other children or plan physical activities as a family.
b. If you are active together, a child will not feel singled out if they are overweight.
c. Focus on fun rather than skill, allowing kids to choose what they like. If kids think that physical activity is fun, they will be more likely to do it.
d. Have your child help with active chores, like walking the dog.
e. Your entire family will benefit from eating healthier and increased activity.

3. Unplug
a. Make a family commitment to reduce screen time for everyone.
b. Turn off all electronics during dinner.
c. Limit TV and electronics to 1 - 2 hours per day and consider specific times as “screen free”.
d. Take the TV out of your child’s bedroom.
e. Less screen time gives you more time to be together as a family.
f. Children are more likely to be healthy when parents and other family members make healthy choices. Live a healthy life style with plenty of activity and eating fresh fruits & vegetables, lean meats.

4. Get your flu vaccination. www.miOttawa.org/flu
5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. In the absence of a tissue, use the crook of your elbow.
6. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. In the absence of soap and water, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
8. Try to avoid contact with sick people.
9. If you are sick with flu-like illness, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
10. Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, rehydrating beverages, tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.

Walleyeslayer

Edward Snowden ( ex CIA for those not in the know) released classified material regarding flu shots. Since the beginning of ten Obama administration the CDC has been putting in RFID sensors track Americans as part of the NSA surveillance. This includes PRISM, XKEYSCORE and Tempora to name a few. In some of my Prophecy networks they also state that the RFID is like taking the mark. the RFID is also part of the Obama Care Microchip implant. you can reference the early version of the law under HR3200.

bigdeal

^^^ hahaha paranoid much? They want to 'track' me? Oh my, what a joke. lol You had better go medicate some more. I hear they put trackers in dental work now, when you get blood work, when you give blood, and any time you go into the hospital also! If you carry a phone, 'they' know when you are all the time! I just watched the xmas video Snowden made where he said "someone born today will never know privacy, never know what is like to have a private unanalysed thought." What a bunch of bull this character pukes, they are going to read minds now? NSA? I'd like to see them guess what I am thinking right now...guess we will all have to move underground.

Barry Soetoro

If you don your tinfoil hat before reading it will all make sense.

watchingyou

With all the shots I get, I must have satellites constantly hovering over me. Anyone want to pitch in on a doomsday bunker? All lead of course to block big brother. I have always wondered what that black car is following me all the time. And don't forget the oddly placed traffic camera at VanWagoner, I mean what purpose would they have for it there except to watch me watchingyou?

bigdeal

Beer bunker! I'm in!

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