Healthy Aging: Get your flu shot early this year

The truth about the side effects of flu vaccine - AOL

The truth about the side effects of flu vaccine - AOL

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has confirmed 12 flu cases in the first two weeks of the 2018-2019 flu season.

"It's strongly recommended that women get the flu shot", confirms Rachel Urrutia, M.D., assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Getting it every year will keep you better protected, as well as help keep the populations most vulnerable to the flu - children and the elderly - safe through herd immunity.

During the 2016-17 flu season, the vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million flu illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits for the flu and 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing at South Tyneside Council, said: "Flu is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications for people with an underlying condition such as asthma, bronchitis and COPD".

Given that 900,000 people were hospitalized in the United States over the course of the last flu season, getting vaccinated is crucial, said pediatrician Dr. James Cherry. Getting a flu shot in no way causes anyone to contract the flu ⏤ although some patients do have mild reactions to the vaccine that they erroneously equate to having the illness ⏤ and the shot is far from useless, as it's the most proven method to protecting against the virus.

In a position statement, the RCPI said that those who refuse vaccination should sign a declaration form and understand that they may be allocated to a lower risk area for the duration of flu season. People should know that it contains live viruses.

It also stressed that the new vaccine is the "best available" to protect older people from the flu.

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Myth: I got vaccinated last year, so I should be good for this year, too.

Why should you get a flu shot?

The flu shot won't make you sick.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Health Canada has approved the use of the flu vaccine nasal spray for children or adults who can't, or don't want to, receive the shot.

A 20 percent efficacy means that among those who've been vaccinated, 20 percent fewer will get the flu compared to those who are unvaccinated. "Many of those deaths are due to secondary bacterial infections that can come once you get the flu", Cherry said.

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more unsafe than a simple cold. He added that frequently washing your hands is crucial as well.

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