Flu vaccine to begin arriving here next month
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
The first shipment of flu vaccinations will arrive in Washington County by mid-November and the remainder are expected in early December, according to a statement from the county health department.
High-risk individuals will be given the vaccinations first.
According to the statement, people considered high-risk include anyone 65 or older, residents of nursing homes and chronic care facilities, anyone with chronic disorders of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system including asthma, those hospitalized in the past year for chronic metabolic diseases including diabetes mellitus, those with renal disease or immunosuppression, those 6 months old to 18 years old receiving long-term aspirin therapy that may put them at risk for developing Reye Syndrome after influenza infection, and women who will be in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season.
Flu vaccinations are also recommended for health care workers, nursing home and assisted-living center employees and people living with someone in the high-risk group, because of their ability to transmit the flu to high-risk individuals.