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22 September 2018, 07:24 | Rodolfo Wallace
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Schippert said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot. "They think that the flu shot can give you the flu, but it cannot give you the flu, it's not a live virus".
Experts research the type of virus that might be prevalent during a given season and design seasonal vaccines or shots to deal with the specific influenza viruses for the season. "The vaccine was not as effective as in previous years". They say it's a problem because they've already seen six cases and multiple strains of the flu so far.
"You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community", the CDC suggests. "Even if there's a less than ideal match against one virus, the vaccine may protect against other viruses".
The health department offers free immunizations to children age 18 and younger through the Vaccines for Children Program.
Flu season is right around the corner and the Health Department is taking measures to make sure that all of the schools have the vaccinations necessary for their students.
It's especially important for people 65 and older (50 and older is recommended by the CDC) to get the flu shot, since their ability to fight the virus is lower. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illnesses and hospitalizations.
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Those with a severe egg allergy should contact their medical provider about getting the vaccine.
"I recommend getting it earlier because it takes a few weeks for that flu shot to really become effective".
"The flu shot will last through the flu season", Watson says.
Fee flu shots will be offered to the public starting September 28 at several libraries throughout the county.
Once again, VA has teamed up with Walgreens pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are now enrolled in the VA health care system to walk into any Walgreens to receive a vaccination at no cost.
While a flu shot may not keep a person from catching an infection, it is known to reduce the intensity of the condition. But, at the end of the day, anyone who is able to get the vaccine, in any form, should. The vaccine is also available from doctors offices and pharmacies. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
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