Flu season is here; inoculations urged

Your excuses for skipping a flu shot are totally bogus

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"Research has shown the flu vaccine can still provide some protection against new strains of flu and can reduce severe health outcomes such as hospitalization and death", she said.

Other health departments in the district are also offering flu shots by appointment.

The flu vaccine is a preventive measure for people with other chronic illnesses, such as cardiac, diabetes and lung diseases. "Previous year was a little bit unusual that the A and B strains were going together throughout the season".

If scientists recognize that the flu vaccine is not 100% effective, do not refuse to get vaccinated.

During the 2016-17 flu season, the vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million flu illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits for the flu and 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations. This is because not all flu-related deaths were reported, and the flu isn't always listed as the cause of death.

Because the fu can be so unpredictable, it is better to be vaccinated earlier, rather than later, to be covered for a longer time frame, officials said. Do you care for an elderly relative or a chronically sick friend?

It is true that flu vaccines are not foolproof.

Its effectiveness will vary from one year to another and will depend on the agreement between the virus that will circulate and that which has been put in the vaccine. This year, the vaccine strains have been updated to better reflect what was circulating during last season.

This is unequivocally false. Children ages 6 months through 8 years who require two doses of the flu vaccine should receive their first dose as soon as possible to allow the second dose (which must be administered four weeks or more later) to be received by the end of October.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over six months of age get a flu vaccine annually to reduce their risk of getting ill from the virus and spreading it to others. A person can get the flu during this period.

Just because someone gets sick, does not mean that influenza ("the flu") is the culprit.

It is highly infectious and it can be particularly unsafe for patients already in hospital and other care settings who are much more vulnerable to infection and its severe effects.

If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card.

Five companies make flu vaccine for the US market. You could save a life by doing so - and reduce your own risk of contracting the miserable and unsafe flu virus. He previously served on the New Hampshire Vaccine Association's Board of Directors and was a member of the Immunization Program's Advisory and Vaccine Selection Committees.

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