Experts recommend: get the shot, not the flu

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"It's really lifesaving; every year we see tens of thousands die from the flu, and then we see as many as a quarter of a million people who are hospitalized [nationwide] because of complications from the flu", Stevenson said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that the High-Dose Vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen contained in the regular flu shot, which creates a stronger immune response in the person getting the vaccine. Small clusters of H3N2 flu are already popping up in the US, but there is no way to tell how bad this year's flu season will be.

"Especially in the high-risk groups, it's going to give you more benefits, so the very young, the very elderly and pregnant patients", she said.

"There are a variety of preparations for the flu vaccine including a nasal spray that people get squirted up their nose, but this past year they've decided that vaccine didn't work as well so what is out there right now is only the injectable forms", he said.

If you don't fall into one of those categories, enter your zip code at to find a location near you providing flu vaccinations.

Children aged two and three years will receive a nasal vaccination at their GP surgery. Pharmacies and clinics are promoting the flu shot.

This year, CCHD will be offering the High-Dose Vaccine, which is recommended for people who are 65 years and older. Talk to your physician when you arrive about your options to help you stay relaxed while getting the vaccine, and consider telling them what behaviors make you anxious. Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and dispose of them as soon as possible. In order to prevent superfluous visits to the Health Center and contraction of the common cold, visit the Health Center's website to educate yourself. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and, in severe cases, can lead to death. They're especially vulnerable to flu's unsafe complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

In October, the health district will offer free flu vaccine in all local public schools and encourages parents to take advantage of this opportunity to protect their children. There are a few people who should not get vaccinated. The researchers had a heap of data to compare-on the one hand, the vaccine's effectiveness at two time points; on the other, allllllll of those lifestyle factors-to look for trends and correlations.

She explained, "There is not a spike of illnesses at the beginning of the school year, nor is there a difference from the start to the finish of the school year".

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the world influenza pandemic known as the Spanish flu. "I strongly urge you and every member of your family to get your flu shot early, to attain maximum protection".