Would Two Flu Shots Protect Me Better Than One?

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Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

The public also has the option to not to get vaccinated against the virus, even though it goes against health physician recommendations.

It's never too early to get the flu shot.

Health officials also reported 183 flu-related deaths among children, although the CDC estimates the actual number of deaths was more than 600.

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"When we each get vaccinated, we boost our own immunity and reduce our own risk of getting the flu", Basta said.

"The Flu vaccine can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people, especially newborns and young infants, children, seniors, and persons at risk of complications from the flu. But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. Flu shots were available to students, staff and faculty at a cost of $15 and supplies are limited.

One is that the flu vaccine can give you the flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses this year.

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Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger.

Last season's flu vaccine turned out to be only 40 percent effective. "Thanks to the help of the Somerset County Department of Health, we will be administering 200 flu shots, first-come, first-served, to the community at large".

"I think some parents feel like that's an easier way to get the flu vaccine", Dr. Bhargava says. Speak to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to determine which is best for you. That's the eventual goal of researchers at the University of Iowa who are working with the National Institutes of Health to develop what they call a "universal" flu shot.

Wash your hands frequently.

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