Sanford Health will offer seasonal flu vaccinations to children and adults at its Southpointe clinic at 2400 32nd Ave. S.
"Flu is not like a cold - it can be a really serious illness for some people". So the researchers looked at the factors that could influence the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in older patients.
According to the Health Department, those who come to the clinic "should bring their insurance card with them to the flu vaccine clinic". He says getting shots cannot only protect your co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, but also your longevity. Medical practitioners say since it takes two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, getting a flu shot earlier provides immunity once the season is underway.
On the day of the jab the participants also completed a questionnaire checking for positive and negative mood.
"The Galaxy Research survey conducted for the Pharmacy Guild found more than six million Australians would be more likely to have a flu shot if it could be administered at a local pharmacy, including two million who previously had no intention to vaccinate against flu".
The researchers noted that this finding is actually consistent with previousresearch showing that positive mood can act as an "immune modulator" for vaccines.
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As to why this might be the case, the team speculates that there could be both a link between positive moods and healthier lifestyles, and a biological pathway linking the immune system and the brain mechanisms that regulate our moods.
"If you're not getting vaccinated, you are certainly open to getting influenza", Luedtke tells KLCC.
These results give a fascinating insight into the weird workings of immunisation, even if we keep in mind the relatively small sample size and the fact that this was a prospective observational study - so it's tricky to establish a solid causal link.
"The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something such as a doorknob with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth, therefore good hand-washing habits are important in preventing the flu; however, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine", the release stated.
The study is the first to examine several psychological and behavioural factors that have been shown to affect how well vaccinations work.