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She said vaccine does not prevent one from falling ill with flu but will have the person get protected from all the harmful effects of the "acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person, and can affect anybody in any age group".

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

The survey found that 70 percent of college students in the United States believe it is important to get an annual influenza vaccine, and about 46 percent say they typically get vaccinated.

Also available are walk-in flu clinics at the health department office at 1001 E. Grant St.in Watseka from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to noon and 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. throughout the flu season. "Last year was a pretty rough flu season, but they expect this year to be a lot worse".

The state says October 1 is this year's #TexasFluDay - a day meant to educate the public about the flu and encourage Texans to get their flu shot.

Vaccines to fight the flu can also protect women during and after pregnancy and protect a baby after delivery, the CDC said.

Officials are encouraging people to get flu shots as soon as possible. The institution with the highest percentage of vaccination coverage based on undergraduate student population will be presented with a traveling trophy from the NJDOH.

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Health officials want people to be vaccinated before flu season hits, and in several recent years the illness has ramped up in some parts of the country as early as November.

Epidemiologist supervisor Luis Cerda says the Laredo Health Department is making sure that the flu shots are available at both school districts in the coming weeks.

According to the CDC, there were 180 pediatric deaths reported during the 2017-2018 flu season, breaking a record set back during the 2012-2013 season.

But some doctors think the vaccine has been disappointing in some seasons because its protection can fade quickly against certain flu viruses, apparently most dramatically in people 65 and older. Health department appointments are not yet available, but the McHenry County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis beginning in October.

For more information about the flu vaccine and keeping the flu bug at bay, go to the Allina website.

According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. Isn't the flu vaccine supposed to protect you from the flu, not give it to you?