Children's flu clinic to be held in Bangor Thursday

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"By the way, I understand is that the flu virus circulating this year is a little nastier than usual, makes people a little bit sicker". An estimated 56,000 people died from the illness in 2012-13.

Dr. Doug Drevets, an infectious disease specialist at OU Medicine, said last season's flu caused an unusually high number of deaths. Last year, 2017-18 was a particularly severe season, but we have no way of predicting what will happen this year. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The vaccine match wasn't exactly where we would like it to be. Around 80 percent did not receive a flu vaccine. Even if they don't have quite the right mix, the flu vaccine does provide some protection. Each year scientists predict what type will be most common and recommend an annual vaccination against that strain.

Fluzone High-Doze, given to people ages 65 and older, is a three-component (trivalent) inactivated flu vaccine, according to CDC.

Who should get a flu shot?

This year sees two new and more effective vaccines being introduced to improve the protection offered to those at risk: a vaccine for older people (aged 65 and over) called Fluad®, which has been specifically created to increase immunity in this age group, and a quadrivalent vaccine for people aged under 65 who have underlying health conditions and pregnant women.

Youngsters who get their first flu shot between the age of six months and eight years need two doses.

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"So I think we can't be complacent around trying to get the best protection we can".

In its latest FluWatch report ending the week of October 20, the Public Health Agency of Canada says there was increasing influenza activity across the country, although the case numbers were at what's called "interseasonal" levels, with H1N1 the most common circulating strain. We call it herd immunity. If not for themselves, for the people around them.

When in stock, Tran also stated that Walgreens Pharmacy made getting vaccinated a simple process.

It won't give you the flu. That's why I'm so committed. You may experience a few mild symptoms after getting a flu shot, but these symptoms are not the flu itself. There are a lot of reasons why people have that misconception.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. And then sometimes the vaccine may not be all that effective for some people.

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And for those tired about a flu shot because they still contracted the virus, Newhouse said there are still benefits. And boy, oh boy, I was sick. The virus can live for 6-8 hours on surfaces like door handles or counter tops, so washing your hands helps reduce the spread to these places. "Their use is based on a person's age and medical history, so it's important to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about which is best for you".

"Because flu season is beginning to show up in some of the southern states and it's just a matter of time", Foster said. It is very memorable in most situations for adults. A common cold usually presents with cough, congestion, runny nose and maybe a low-grade fever and lasts for about 10 days. Some people don't have a fever with influenza and their illness might be mitigated if they got vaccinated. However, anybody can contract the virus, even healthy people.

How is flu confirmed?

Most infections can be divided into viruses or bacteria. Some prescriptions can help flu symptoms.

Catching the flu is not only uncomfortable; it can be risky, especially if you already have a weakened immune system. And if you're living with somebody who could really be affected by the flu, someone who is elderly or vulnerable and you get the flu, you might want to get treated. The other is the old standby Tamiflu.

For more information about scheduling an appointment for a flu vaccine, contact the Bartow County Health Department - located at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville - at 770-382-1920. We might use it in a nursing home outbreak, in a confined area.

The flu season peaks between December and January. The flu shot is considered safe during pregnancy and works equally well in both pregnant and other women. Wash your hands often throughout the day. Influenza is a virus.

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