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Cold spell is near, get the flu shots

Cold spell is near, get the flu shots”

That's why the CDC is urging people to act now, just before the October start of the 2018-19 flu season and get vaccinated.

Family members (age 3 and older) and members of the public also can get vaccinated at the flu vaccine clinics. Those who can't attend a flu vaccine clinic should consider getting vaccinated at their doctor's office or local pharmacy.

[2] US adults surveyed who did not get a flu shot a year ago.

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable", she said.

Fee flu shots will be offered to the public starting September 28 at several libraries throughout the county.

Abbi Berg, vaccines for children program manager with the North Dakota Department of Health's immunization program, said she is aware of some pharmacists and health care providers now offering the flu vaccine, but efforts typically ramp up after October 1.

The vaccine is considered the best available tool in fighting flu, but it's not flawless.

"Last year we saw the predominant stain being the Influenza A (H3N2)", said Dillaha. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are considered high risk, since their immune system is still developing. The peak of flu season comes sometime between December and February, but the season can last as late as May.

One reason so many are flocking to get the shot is the knowledge of last year's flu season-which according to the CDC had flu levels that were the highest observed since 2009.

The nasal spray "contains a weakened virus that does not cause influenza infection". The vaccine is good for one year.

Who should get a flu vaccine? For those who do not have insurance coverage, the flu vaccine may be available for free to those who qualify.

The seasonal vaccines are meant to protect against the influenza strains experts believe will be the most common during the flu season.

But if you're a procrastinator, you are still advised to get the vaccine even if it's January or later. "This is given to people between the age of two years and 49 years and is not given to pregnant women, children under two years or the elderly over 65 years". The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe.



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