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Flu jabs: Flu season is approaching

Flu jabs: Flu season is approaching”

There is also a stronger vaccine for people over 65-years-old, but it will not be available in pharmacies.

According to the CDC and the North Dakota Department of Health, its okay to get the standard, quadrivalent flu shot. Each year the vaccine changes to address the current strain of flu circulating.

The flu shot offers protection from several common strains of the flu virus.

The flu also hospitalised almost one million people (959,134), and a total of 48 million people contracted the flu overall. Also, some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. To avoid infecting other people, especially seniors and infants get your flu shot. "If you do get sick a few days after the shot, chances are you were already exposed to someone who was contagious because it takes two to three days for you to show symptoms after being exposed". That strain is called the H3N2 strain. Fortunately, there were not many people infected. Thirty-eight of those were in people ages 0 to 24. Some studies have suggested the nasal spray mist was not as effective for previous seasons, but the nasal vaccine has been reformulated and it's believed to be just as effective as the injection.

Flu cases start to increase in October and typically peak in late December or early January before dropping off in the spring. The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

Speak to your GP, pharmacist or midwife for information on the flu vaccine.

"It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect", said Jennifer Mertle, a certified nurse practitioner from Franciscan Health. The vaccine exposes your body to a weakened form of the virus, which allows you to mount an immune response.

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