An ouch of prevention |

An ouch of prevention

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

RIFLE – Winter’s closing in, and with it comes cold weather.That usually means influenza won’t be far behind.Cynthia Tanis, owner and operator of Curves for Women in Rifle, is taking the initiative and helping the people of the community prepare themselves for the upcoming flu season. Tanis held a flu vaccination clinic at Curves on Wednesday in association with Mile High Health Solutions.”This is the first time I brought in Mile High to help out,” Tanis said. “It’s a little early but people have been asking about the vaccinations already.”Being a little early is actually better than being a little late with the shots, according to Denise Granberg, Registered Nurse for MHHS. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work its way through the system, she said.Last year the nation witnessed a shortage of the flu vaccine, but this year there should be enough to go around.”Last year gave us a great warning,” Granberg said. “This year we’ve got the supply and enough nurses to cover the clinics to adequately protect the communities.”

Granberg didn’t express concerns that this year would have an unusual amount of flu cases.”No more than in the past,” she said. “But I think that we are better prepared this year.”Mile High Medical Solutions, based in Denver, has several nurses that will administer shots around the state this season. Vaccination is the best precautionary method against the flu, Granberg stressed, adding the “importance” for elderly, small children, and chronically ill people to get the shot early.”I get a shot every year,” said Rifle resident and mother of two, Lindsey Latchaw. Latchaw received a shot at Wednesday’s clinic. She said the need to protect herself is important and it helps to keep her children from getting sick.This year, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Center for Biologics Evaluation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with recommendations from the World Health Organization, selected three types of flu virus to protect against, which they deemed to be the “biggest threats”.The shots that Granberg administered Wednesday will protect against those three strains, which are type A-New Caledonia, type A-Wisconsin, type B-Malaysia.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 535

Most people do not experience side effects from the vaccine, but the following may result:- Sore or tender arm at the injection site- Possible fever, chills, headache or muscle aches, generally lasting no more than 48 hours- Anaphylaxis or death may occur in extreme casesBe sure to check with a physician before you receive a vaccination shot if you have any of the following:- Allergies to chicken, chicken eggs or feathers- History of neurological symptoms or have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome- For children under six-months of age, a children’s vaccine is available- Currently have a respiratory illness with fever or an active infection- Have experienced severe side effects in the past- Have received some other vaccination in the last 14 days (other than pneumonia or tuberculosis)

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