Health officials suggest people should start thinking about getting their flu shots

Health officials suggest people should start thinking about getting their flu shots

That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently published some startling statistics: more than 80,000 people in America died of the flu in the winter of 2017-2018, the highest number seen in over a decade.

"Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later", Parrish said.

A single flu vaccine protects against three or four different strains of the flu and is updated annually with what researchers believe will be the most common viruses that season. For example, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a "student-inclusive workgroup" that assists in advertising campaigns that encourage vaccinations.

Local nurses said prevention is key.

Despite what you may have heard, serious side effects are very rare. We can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated early. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell".

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However, the American Academy of Pediatrics still said it prefers an injectable vaccination for children. For those who don't like needle injections into the muscle, the CDC is again recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for people aged 2 years to 49 years.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say. Everyone age six months and older should get a flu vaccine.

The state is urging all Delawareans 6 months and older to get their vaccinations before the end of the month.

Myth 3. Flu shots don't work - I once got the flu a week after I was vaccinated. If you're someone who gets sick often, you may be anxious that you have a greater chance of catching a virus. "Those who don't wash their hands often with soap and water, touch their eyes, nose and mouth, and don't clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs are more susceptible to the flu", Dr. Moore says.

Influenza (commonly called "the flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and it can cause mild to severe illness. In total, 22.5 per cent of Manitobans registered with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living received the vaccine. "It's hard to compare vaccines, because every year the flu changes".

In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic.

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