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High dose flu vaccines recommended for seniors

Influenza symptoms are usually worse than a cold and last longer. People with certain health conditions or weakened immune systems are at greatest risk. Since 2010, 200,000 to 710,000 people have been hospitalized annually due to the flu, and 12,000 to 56,000 died each year too, according to the CDC.

With Influenza season just beginning across much of the USA, health experts are warning the country may not be prepared for a major outbreak of the virus.

Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it.

It also helps with "herd immunity", by cutting down on the number of cases that can spread to the most vulnerable population - the elderly, the very young and those with chronic health problems. "You can prevent missing work or school, visits to the doctor or hospitalizations, and protecting others from coming down with the flu". Receiving the flu shot each season is the best way to prevent infection, as the virus changes from year to year; each season the recommended vaccine is created to protect against circulating viruses.

Wednesday morning, the 6 In The Morning crew took time to get their flu shots while they were on the air.

According to the Center for Disease Control, even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults.

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches. Call ahead to know what your clinic's policy is.

"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD.

With the arrival of October marking the official start of flu season, health officials in parts of the United States are already reporting their first flu cases and encouraging the public to start receiving their flu shots.



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