Fighting the flu

LIHU‘E — The state’s Department of Health is encouraging people to get their flu vaccines by the end of October.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, taking steps to prevent influenza is more important than ever, the Dept. of Health states in a September 14 press release. Influenza is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization, and even death, and share symptoms similar to those with the novel coronavirus.

“Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths on the health care system,” DOH Immunization Branch Chief Ron Balajada said. “Getting your flu shot also helps to conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.”

The flu is caused by the influenza virus which infects the respiratory tract, including nose, throat, and lungs. Unlike other viral respiratory infections such as the common cold, the flu can cause a more severe illness annd possibly life-threatening complications.

Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea — similar to symptoms with COVID-19.

On Kaua‘i, the flu immunization vaccine is readily available through an individual’s primary care physician, medical clinics, and most pharmacies on the island.

Additionally, the Kaua‘i District Health Office (the Kaua‘i branch of the Department of Health) announced its DOH free flu vaccination Stop Flu At School program for students of participating public and charter schools, and those students who have turned in a consent form to their school, and made appointments.

“Each (flu) season, approximately 80 percent of flu-associated deaths in children take place in young people who have not been fully vaccinated against the flu,” states an informational flier on the SFAS

Appointments can be arranged by calling 241-3410 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, said Blanca Gil Lopez, the Kaua‘i District Health Office Health Educator and Section Supervisor. There will be no walk-ins, and students need to have their school identification. All of the necessary protocols, including the use of face masks and social distancing, will be observed at the clinics.

Free SFAS clinics will be located at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall from Oct. 5 through Oct. 30. This site will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Another site will be set at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.

On Oct. 24, a SFAS clinic will be available at the Hanapepe Neighborhood Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for all individuals who are over 6 months old, and especially recommended for high-risk persons, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions. The flu shots are particularly important to decrease risk of severe flu illnesses.

Flu vaccinations work to protect your health, and the health of your family members and community as well, the DOH said. Getting vaccinated provides protection to those around you who may be at high risk of severe illnesses, including those who may be too young to be vaccinated, and those with medical conditions who cannot be immunized.

In addition to getting vaccinated, the DOH encourages the public to continue frequent hand washing, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, physical distancing, covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying home from work, school, and social gatherings when ill.

“We can prevent both influenza and COVIDf-19 together by continuing to follow safe practices to prevent the spread of germs,” Balajadia said. “Remember to also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and to frequently clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces and objects like doorknobs, light switches, and cell phones.”

The CDC reports that from Oct. 1, 2019 to April 4, 2020, there were between 410,000 and 740,000 flu hospitalizations, and between 24,000 and 62,000 flu deaths in the United States.

4 Comments
  1. Exact Change Please October 1, 2020 4:26 am Reply

    It’s sad to see articles like this ignoring that which burdens, and thus weakens our immune systems, and promotes more toxic procedures that also burdens and weakens general health and at the same time burdens and weakens our immune system; and namely that is the pathetic excuse for nutrition that junk, fast, snack food, and the chemicals made from petroleum that are put into our food, which are cancer causing, and are usually sprayed as chemicals on our foods on farms, and put in our food at food factories denying nutrition and promoting disease in the public by lack of nutrition and weakening our immune systems.

    Store aisles loaded with snack foods saturated with sugars and more chemicals not fit for human health, call them unfood. A witches brew and concoction of petroleum cancer causing chemicals further chemically tainted with fake artificial colors, flavors, aromas, and made into “catchy” and alluring shapes and sizes, wherein these food gimmicks attract people and children to reach for them on the shelves.

    Some stores have 10 and 20 double sided rows, as tall as tall people, offering chemicals that accumulate into sickness that send people to the doctor wherein people are given prescription drugs made of more toxic chemicals. Insanity.

    The only real, disease care system we are left with is primarily prescription drugs whose side effects produce additional disease and the use of more prescription drugs. A trap, a vicious circle. Apparently more care is given to disease than to health.

    Vaccines, manmade laboratory risky diseases, injected into you, further burdening your immune system.

    And the very medical industry has become a huge part of the chemical industry, an industry of petrochemicals that not only poisons our food but also poisons us worse with more toxic prescription drugs, instead of educating the public to become well and healthy.

    And proof of their incredible grip on the perpetuation of disease is that 80% of the public is on the daily use of 1 or more prescription drugs and taking multiple dosages of them during the day.

    Do you think God put us in earth to be dependent on prescription drugs?

    It seems every bite of most foods available from the store has sufficient sugars to add more fat to your body that will make your body grow outward with human lard hanging off you, lard you will take to your grave.

    How many drugs do you take a day, how fat are you getting every year, or every 5 years.

    And when you seek help from the doctor you get only more toxic chemical prescription drugs instead of a wellness plan, a plan to restore your body to health and maintain health.

    Your chemical food (read the labels) and toxic prescription drugs are part of the ingredients that create and perpetuate the end of life diseases that trap you into decades of ill health and take decades off your life.

    This is a warning, you must find the solution to have an active healthy and happy life with optimal life longevity. It is clearly important to follow the Natural Path about what you put in your body.

    We have reached the downhill point in health wherein it is time to cause stores to provide only healthy foods, and doctors and hospitals to provide only wellness and natural health.

    We still need food and doctors, we just need good ones that restore and maintain natural health.


  2. John erwin October 1, 2020 5:25 am Reply

    Why are we not doing the flu shots at the larger schools. Some people cannot make it to Lihue for their students shot. Most bigger schools have a health office.


  3. Jon October 1, 2020 12:18 pm Reply

    What a joke. Dont believe this crap. The flu shot is probably the biggest sham out of all vaccines available. Ask yourself, who are the healthiest people you know? Do they get the flu shot? Do they put their health in the hands of the state or corporations? Enough of this disease care system. So many conflicts of interest it’s not even funny.


  4. Rick October 1, 2020 7:12 pm Reply

    Increased risk of noninfluenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22423139/

    “Children who received the influenza vaccine were 4 times more likely than children who received a placebo to develop acute respiratory illness associated with confirmed non-influenza respiratory virus infection.”

    The study cited above is just one of MANY.
    Interesting how in an effort to “Save the Kapuna” by following the State department we will in fact do the opposite. Have a nice day.


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