The Get Four for Flu Campaign -2016

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092515-The-Get-Four-for-Flu-Campaign---2015[1]The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is launching its “Get Four for Flu” prevention campaign that emphasizes the importance of flu vaccination. According to Lisa Gonzalez, Public Health Administrator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccination as the single best way to protect against influenza.

“Everyone, every year should get a flu shot to help protect themselves, their families, and the community” states Gonzalez. DCHD’s “Get Four for Flu” campaign is to note that the Health Department is providing the flu vaccine with protection against 4 different flu strains (quadrivalent) which adds an additional B strain.

The Health Department is offering walk-in flu clinics for adults and children Monday through Friday from 8:30 – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Check our website for flu vaccine information at health.dekalbcounty.org. For current updates, call the Flu Hotline at 815-748- 2410 (English) or 815-748- 2425 (Spanish). We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most PPO health insurances. Please bring all insurance cards, a credit card, and photo id with you when coming for your flu shot. Medicaid will be billed or payment of $15 will be accepted for those children who qualify for the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program.

Gonzalez adds that it is not too early to get your flu shot. The CDC recommends that you get the vaccine as soon as it is available. This should provide protection if the flu season comes early. The flu season can begin as early as October, but most commonly peaks in January or February. Providing the flu vaccine beginning in September will give protection throughout the season. It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for antibodies to build up in the body, so it is important to get the vaccine before influenza illness begins in the community. Influenza affects everyone differently. Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious.  The CDC estimates flu associated deaths range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 annually. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

The CDC recommends a “Take 3” approach to fight the flu.

  • Take the time to get the Flu Vaccine
  • Stop Germs by avoiding close contact with sick people; if sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications; cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, preferably into your elbow or upper sleeve; wash your hands frequently; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • If you get the flu, ask your doctor about antiviral drugs that can make the flu illness milder, shorten the time you are sick, and may also prevent serious flu complications. These antiviral drugs work best when started within 2 days of getting sick.

For more information, log onto http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm OR http://www.cdc.gov/flu

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  1. “In the Spring of 1948 measles was running in epidemic proportions in this section of the country. Our first act, then, was to have our own little daughters play with children known to be in the contageous phase. When the syndrome of fever, redness of the eyes and throat, catarrh, spasmodic bronchial cough and Koplik spots had developed and the children were obviously sick, vitamin C was started. In this experiment it was found that 1000 mg every four hours, by mouth, would modify the attack. Smaller doses allowed the disease to progress. When 1000 mg was given every two hours all evidence of the infection cleared in 48 hours. If the drug was then discontinued for a similar period (48 hours) the above syndrome returned. We observed this off and on picture for thirty days at which time the drug (vitamin C) was given 1000 mg every 2 hours around the clock for four days. This time the picture cleared and did not return. These little girls did not develop the measle rash during the above experiment and although exposed many times since still maintain this immunity. Later cases were given the vitamin by needle. The results proved to be even more dramatic. Given by injection the same complete control of the measle syndrome was in evidence at 24 and 36 hour periods, depending entirely on the amount employed and the frequency of the administration.” – Fred R. Klenner, M.D., The use of vitamin C as an antibiotic, Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1953

  2. “Yes, many viral infectious diseases have been cured and can continue to be cured by the proper administration of vitamin C. Yes, the vaccinations for these treatable infectious diseases are completely unnecessary when one has access to the proper treatment with vitamin C. And yes, all of the side effects of vaccinations, whether you consider them to be many or few, are also completely unnecessary since the vaccinations do not have to be given in the first place with the availability of properly dosed vitamin C.” – Thomas Levy

  3. “Did you know that in 1986, they passed a law absolving the vaccine manufacturers of any liability? This is because they were going out of business. The DPT shot, the MMR shot, the polio shot, all of these had major lawsuits attached to them because of the damage done from the vaccination process. Did you realize that if you have a boy child born in New Jersey today, he has a 1 in 27 chance of developing autism? Autism is just one of the diseases our kids are suffering from. We’re losing an entire generation because of this ridiculous and unnecessary treatment.“ – John Bergman

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