For many of us who care for people who are at risk for serious complications from the flu, getting the flu shot means doing our part to protect them from harm.
The virus can be particularly harmful and sometimes even fatal to over-65s, pregnant women and sufferers from chronic illnesses, as these groups are all particularly vulnerable. A flu vaccine can reduce the risk from 40% to 60% percent.
It's that time of year again, when the flu starts to rear its nasty head and health officials are encouraging everyone, especially parents, to think about the flu shot.
The formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. Around 1 million Americans are hospitalized with pneumonia each year, and about 50,000 people die from it.
Last year, all the clinics administered a total of 1,644 vaccines, with an estimated 1,000 of the vaccinations going to Kansas State students. "We have a very large medical center ... a lot of people come to Charlottesville for care".
When is the flu most prominent? Though the vaccine isn't 100% effective in avoiding the flu, it will help to avoid hospitalization should you contract influenza. Common symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat and headache.
As to the vaccine's imperfect efficacy, Balkrishnan said, "It's a choice you make and a chance you take".
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"The Florida Department of Health offers the flu shot, including free flu shots for children 18 and younger".
Over 340 students have gotten vaccinated so far, which is a better turnout than the health center had at this time previous year, according to Angie Brown, the director of student health services at Mary Walker Health Center. "I don't have time to get sick with the flu".
Caregivers of people with cancer should get flu shots.
Some others say they don't bother with the flu shot because it's not effective.
Dallas County has three reported flu cases so far this fall, according to Marisa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Dallas County Health and Human Services. The flu should emerge here in mid to late December, Kisner said.
Health Officer Rebecca Burns says the availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself and your family.
Veterans in the Veterans Affairs system can get a free flu shot at the following drive-thru flu clinics: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on October 6 at Altoona VAMC and Huntingdon Clinic and October 20 at the State College Clinic.