Flu season: doctors told how not to catch the flu

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn't recommend one over the other, he added. That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older. And while it seems like flu season is still a month or two away, some cases of the flu have already been reported in Minnesota. Last month, a Wake County school board member died after being diagnosed with influenza.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, said: "I strongly encourage everyone in vulnerable groups to get the flu vaccine as we head into winter".

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season, given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

Freshman Georgia Wainwright said the SHS has done a great job making flu shots readily available to students. If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

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The shot, which takes about two weeks to become fully active in the body, protects against three to four viruses. We can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated early. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been.

Despite what you may have heard, serious side effects are very rare. "So by immunizing yourself, you're protecting those at highest risk from complications of flu", Hilderman said. So many people caught the flu that some hospitals and pharmacies across the USA ran out of antiviral drugs, Alabama declared a state of emergency and a school district in Arkansas closed all 10 of its schools.

Depending on the severity of the strains, 5 to 20 percent of the US population will get the flu every year.

Traditionally, most people have gotten flu vaccinations at doctors' offices or government health centers.

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This year's flu season is expected to be a mild to moderate year, but the Provincial Medical Officer of Health Dr. Tim Hilderman warns the flu is notoriously hard to predict.

As for Samuels, he said he plans to get a flu shot every year from here on out.

There are suggestions for helping contain the virus and keep it from spreading to others.

Also, safety measures such as washing your hands frequently and keeping them away from your face and eyes will minimize the likelihood that the virus will be transmitted from your hands to your bloodstream. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. "But, you might develop flu-like symptoms - despite getting a flu vaccine - for a variety of [other] reasons". Additionally, a spike in the number of people opting out of flu vaccines can explain the deadliness of the recent season.

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In addition, health care personnel such as aides and assistants working in long-term care settings continue to have some of the lowest flu vaccination rates in the industry.

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