Should I get a flu shot?

Grant Boone
October 6, 2018

"The strains of flu circulating each year are therefore always different, so people need to get a flu shot every year", said Roth.

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. The CDC encourages people to get vaccinated by the end of October. Flu vaccine is available everywhere.

FLU season is a numbers game, and the top USA health officials say as more people get vaccinated against the likely strains the chances of a deadly flu outbreak decline greatly.

A staggering 95 percent of all fatalities were found to have belonged to a risk group - yet more than half had not been vaccinated.

Hellerstedt said it's possible this year's vaccine won't match up perfectly with the strains of flu that circulate this year, but it's still worth getting.

Save time by completing the flu consent form in advance and bring with you on day of clinic.

There are some studies that suggest the high-dose flu vaccine provides better protection for older adults. Most people can recover from a fever and other symptoms within a week without requiring medical attention. In 1918, the flu killed an estimated 500,00 people in the US and millions more worldwide.

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Statewide, there were more than 11,400 influenza and pneumonia deaths during the 2017-18 flu season, about 500 more than in the previous season, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This delayed reaction may also contribute to ideas that vaccinations do not effectively prevent flu. It takes about two weeks after getting the flu vaccine for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body, according to the CDC.

The annual NHS Wales Beat Flu campaign is encouraging everyone eligible for flu vaccination to get protected.

At the Marshall County Health Department, it's five dollars.

In addition to clinics that are open to the public, the Health Department also works with employers to hold quick, efficient flu clinics at worksites, providing a valuable benefit to employees.

Pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions and everyone aged 65 and over are also eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, along with unpaid carers and first aid volunteers.

"I got my flu shot at the CVS inside Target because they accept my insurance so I don't have to pay, but the best part is if you get your flu shot there, they give you a $5 Target gift card", Spradling said.

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