"Some physicians might prefer the injectable vaccine - in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it - but in general, patient preference and vaccine availability drive the process", explains Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a board certified infectious disease physician and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
"I was dead set against getting a flu shot".
"Even if you are young and healthy and might be able to survive the flu, there is the risk of transmission to a friend, family member, or other loved one who might not tolerate the flu as well", said Dr. MeiLan Han, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System and director of the Michigan Airways Program.
Flu season has returned as the fall transitions into winter.
Everyone over six months of age is recommended to get the flu vaccine.
Children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive the vaccine in school, but children aged 2 and 3 will receive it through their GP.
The flu vaccine is made each year based on scientists' predictions of which influenza virus strains will be most problematic in the United States.
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Last flu season, there were 272 flu-related deaths in Iowa.
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year, but be sure to practice good health habits, such as handwashing with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and staying home when sick.
The Hanover and District Hospital is reminding the public to roll up their sleeve and receive their flu shot.
"Getting the vaccine is a quick, simple procedure which is the best way people can protect themselves against the unpredictable flu virus and any more serious complications which could result".
"The flu vaccine is not ideal", Basta said.
The vaccinations are free on the NHS for many people. If you have questions about which flu vaccine is right for you, talk to your healthcare provider. Kevin Legge, a U-I pathology professor, says they're working in stages and are trying to ideal a multi-year flu shot first.