Flu shots provide valuable vaccination

Flu season is now upon us so it's important to take the proactive approach of getting a flu shot while staying informed about the harmful disease.

Everyone from the ages of six months all the way up to 100 plus years old need flu shots.

Over 1,000 deaths per year are caused from complications stemming from the Influenza virus. These vaccinations are preventative procedures and come in two types, trivalent which covers three strains of Influenza and quadrivalent which covers four strains.

It's important to note that these shots are for the Influenza virus and not the common flu.

Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health Clinical Director, said there is a big difference between the two with Influenza being much more catastrophic.

"Influenza can cause aches and pains, headaches, high fever, and it can put a normal, healthy individual down for up to two weeks from work with this," said Diers.

The common flu is much more innocuous and usually causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Influenza is spread through droplets, usually by coughing, so always cover your mouth when doing so.

Flu shots are available at Wapello County Public Health.