Sullivan County Health Department encourages getting flu shot early

Prime candidates for a flu shot include young children adults 65 and older and high-risk people with a weakened immune system due to heart problems cancer and other illnesses

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths a year ago, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives.

Children as young as six months are encouraged to get the flu shot, and it is recommended for most adults who do not have egg allergies or have had bad reactions to flu shots in the past.

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How does the vaccine work, exactly?

Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and ideal health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions.

Because the fu can be so unpredictable, it is better to be vaccinated earlier, rather than later, to be covered for a longer time frame, officials said.

One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots. Meaning, prepping ahead and protecting yourself from the flu with the vaccine is going to be crucial to staying healthy during this season. If the University wants to protect the health of students during flu season, a program that would be more accessible for students would help achieve this goal.

Another reason people don't get vaccinated is because they are more concerned about the vaccine than they are of the flu itself.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's record-breaking flu season resulted in 80,000 deaths in the United States, which is the highest number of deaths from the flu in over three decades.

"Although people will say, 'I got the flu vaccine and I got a runny nose, I had a cough, I had a fever, I had body aches, ' believe it or not, side effects like fever and body aches occur in less than 1 percent of people who get a flu shot", Dunn said.

The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally, including the Flu A (H1N1).

In addition, if you are exposed to someone else who has the flu virus, you may not get sick, but you can pass on the virus to others.

Manitobans are once again being asked to roll up their sleeves and get the annual flu shot.

"What I do know is we need to get everyone vaccinated or as many people as we possibly can to prevent the spread of the flu".

"I would get the vaccine now and you don't have to worry about whether it's a mild or a severe season", said William Schaffner, NFID medical director.

The Flu Pandemic of 1918 wiped out nearly 40 million people worldwide including almost 1 million Americans.

One of the most pervasive myths about the flu shot is that getting it can actually cause you to get the flu.

"It's swift and easy, and anyone who hasn't gotten their flu shot should go get it", said Wainwright, an advertising major.