Emily Muth, a 6-year-old girl, died on Friday afternoon being diagnosed with flu. Upon this tragic event, a pharmacy chain in Raleigh offers free flu shots.
100 flu vaccines to be offered for free
After the flu-related deaths reached to 42 in North Carolina, Josef’s Pharmacy representatives announced that 100 flu shots will be offered for free for people who can’t afford them.
Soon after the announcement, dozens of vaccines were already dispensed by the pharmacy personnel. So far, many of those who benefited from the free shots were kids whose parent feared for they beloved ones’ health.
Immunity is obtained within 2 weeks after the shot
Some parents are considering the vaccines are not safe. This is, however, a misconception. Many people think that the flu shots will give them flu but experts say that the viruses in the vaccines are dead, so there is no danger of getting sick due to the vaccines.
However, it will take about 2 weeks after the shot for the body to become completely immune to the virus. In meanwhile, people can contract another strain of the virus and get sick. Experts recommend people to avoid crowdy spaces and to take the appropriate measures to protect themselves until the vaccines make their effect.
Fortunately, free flu shots offered by Josef’s Pharmacy covers multiple strains of the virus, so minimizing the possibility of contracting another variation of the virus before the immunity installs.
The predictions are gloomy
Health experts predict that more flu-related deaths will be registered this season as the influenza virus is widespread in the US.
The biggest danger is for very young ones, for those who already suffer from other medical conditions, and for the elderly population as they can easily get secondary infections with bacteria or other germs.
The free flu shots dispense continues on Wednesday at Josef’s pharmacy location in Raleigh from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.