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Medical director for preventive care at Kaiser Permanente Dr. John Dunn said people should consider getting a flu shot before cases spike this year. Why is the flu shot so important that it could be mentioned in the same breath as the American Revolution? But how does it work, exactly? "Because of this, I encourage Manitobans to protect themselves, as well as others, by getting their no-charge flu immunization this fall".

Hasty said last flu season also had several anomalies, such as patients who tested positive for both strains of flu and the vaccine did not cover the main strains of the virus most prevalent last season.

Hilderman adds it is a myth the flu vaccine will give you the flu. "The more people who have immunity, they will slow or stop the spread of infection ... there's nowhere for the virus to go".

New data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that while influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel in the United States remained higher than the national average for 2017-2018, it still fell below target goals.

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And despite how frustrating it may seem at taking a gamble towards a vaccine may not protect you, there are little to no downsides at getting vaccinated.

The state has already seen 16 early flu cases this season, but Delaware Director of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says it's hard to tell if this year will be as bad as last. Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game. They got the flu from someone. That having been said, it is important to remember that the flu vaccine is a projection of what strain will be predominant in the coming season.

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This season, protect yourself - and those around you - from influenza. Statistically, every 100 people with the flu will infect 127 other people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu a year ago. As people age, the standard dose may not be as effective, so there is a high-dose version for those who are 65 and older and an adjuvant one.

Nationwide, health care officials are urging families to get their flu shot by the end of October, and local health professionals would agree. Everyone age six months and older should get a flu vaccine.

"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a awful year this year", Bhardwaj said. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the US ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools. The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel. You can get the vaccine at most major drug store chains, or at your doctor's office, too.

The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.


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