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Flu Shot Tidbits

The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900: the Swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”), the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969), the Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958), and the Spanish flu (1918-1919).

The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic. It occurred in the three waves of increasing lethality.

  • It killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.
  • More people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
  • More Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

 

Viruses mutate more in one day than humans did in several million years.

Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues.

It can take 1-2 weeks after being vaccinated before protective immunity develops.

The first time that children younger than 9 years old receive the flu vaccine they need to receive 2 doses at least a month apart from each other.

The flu vaccine can’t give you the flu. The vaccines only contain a dead piece of the flu virus, and a dead virus can’t infect you.

For further information on how a flu shot can help you, please call 360-734-5413 x118.

 

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H1N1 Available Now For Everyone Over 6 months

Dr. Greg  Stern, a Whatcom County Health Officer, expanded eligibility for the H1N1 vaccine yesterday to include everyone over the age of 6 months. If you have not received an H1N1 vaccine and would like one, please feel free to stop by the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm to receive yours. Vaccines will be available on a walk-in basis for $25/dose. Billing to Group Health, Medicare and Medicaid is available.

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Seasonal Vaccines Available

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We currently have seasonal flu vaccines available for ages 6 months and older. Cost is $25/dose and we are able to bill to Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid. The vaccinations are available at the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm to walk-in customers only.

In case you missed our last post, we also have H1N1 vaccines available, again for ages 6 months and older. Cost is also $25/dose and billing to Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid (for adults) is also available at the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm to walk-in customers only.

We are following the screening and recommendations from the Department of Health on which the priority groups can get the H1N1 vaccine.

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H1N1 Shots Available

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The vaccines will be available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for $25/dose on a walk-in basis only at the retail store. They are for ages 6 months and older and billing for Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid (for adults only) is available. If you’re interesting in receiving a vaccination come on by!

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Vaccine Updates and Other News

Wow, we had a fabulous turn out for flu vaccinations on Saturday. For all you who braved the wind and the rain, thanks for coming out. With that said, we are once again out of both the seasonal vaccines and H1N1 vaccines. Please check back here for updates as to when we will have more in.

In case you’ve forgotten, there’s still a week left to receive 15% off of your Barlean’s Organic Oil purchases. If you haven’t tried them yet, now’s a good opportunity! Hope to see you in!

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