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Is the flu shot or nasal spray better to vaccinate kids?

10 October 2018, 02:28 | Rodolfo Wallace

State Health Officials Reminding Iowans to Get Flu Shot Flu season

State Health Officials Reminding Iowans to Get Flu Shot	 	 	 			Flu season

"It is vital that students receive a seasonal flu shot because it is by far the single most important preventive measure to protect themselves during the flu season", Garcia said.

"You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community", Kelly Parrish, RN, director of nursing with the Sampson County Health Department, said. Though it varies, flu season can last as late as May so it is never too late to get vaccinated.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot by the end of this month.

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It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet.

Where, and how much The good news is many people don't have to pay anything. Pumpkins, leaves changing colors, hot cocoa - the flu shot. Flu shots help protect not only you, but those around you.

Between 2010-2014, the Center for Disease Control was able to estimate that anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 people die annually from the flu and related complications, but deaths are hard to track.

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The nasal mist flu vaccine will not be available. Don't wait until there is a flu outbreak this winter; get your vaccination as soon as possible, especially if you are in an "at risk" category.

Due to major pharmacies like Walmart and Walgreens running their own flu shot clinics in recent years, Parker said the number of patients they receive during this clinic has declined. Introduced past year, the high-dose vaccine may provide better protection for those at increased risk of complications from the flu, potentially reducing the number of outbreaks experienced in long-term care facilities.

Still, there are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting their doctor. It's important to note, however, that studies have shown only 1 to 2 percent of people who get the flu shot will experience a negative reaction.

Because of the low effectiveness, the investigators stressed that continued assessment of flu vaccine effectiveness is needed to inform immunization policy in Canada and they underscored the need for flu vaccines that will provide stronger protection against the virus.

A record number of people received flu vaccines last winter in Manitoba, with more than 320,000 doses administered. "Reported coverage was consistently higher among health care personnel working in hospital settings than among those working in other settings; health care personnel working in hospital settings were also the most likely to report workplace vaccination requirements".

In addition to the vaccination, you can help fend off the flu by keeping your immune defenses strong.



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