Fight flu - get your flu shot

Ebony Scott
October 10, 2018

But health officials stress that getting a shot any time during flu season is better than not getting one at all.

"We try to get as [many] vaccines out there as quickly as possible ahead of flu season", said Dave Golden, the director of public health and communications at Boynton.

Dr. Rehm said unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict what kind of season it will be this year, but experts are hoping that it will be milder than last year.

You must be logged in to view this content. The CDC had not recommended the flu mist vaccine for several years because the data on its effectiveness was inconclusive, but reversed its position earlier this year.

Despite the astounding numbers, the flu season that recently passed was considered average, which leads to the question of how it managed to affect more people. "You should do it for the babies and grandmothers who could get sick and die if they get the flu. And the more of us that have it, the better off the rest of us are".

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Think twice before skipping out on getting your flu shot - your health AND your wallet may thank you. More than 500 people were treated for flu in-hospital in the 2017-18 season, the highest since 2009-10.

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Medicago Inc., a biotechnology company, owns the first plant-based seasonal flu vaccine to reach late-stage clinical trials. "But, you might develop flu-like symptoms - despite getting a flu vaccine - for a variety of [other] reasons".

A free flu vaccination continues to be available to adults aged 65 years old and over, who are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu.

Ricardo Raggio, 27, film/video major, winces as he gets a free flu shot from student nurse Jennifer Murphy at the Library Lawn on Thursday, October 4, 2018. That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older.

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated by the end of this month. And people who may have an allergy to the vaccine.

Sanford is also holding flu vaccine clinics at locations outside Fargo-Moorhead. What this argument doesn't take into consideration, however, is that there's a difficulty in creating these vaccines that may or may not work for everyone, and it's due to the tricky way that flu viruses are constantly mutating.

Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the flu by between 40 and 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

Hilderman adds H1N1 is the strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic, but not to worry.

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