OPM, HHS Urge Federal Employees to Get Flu Shots

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Carson said flu shots are available from family doctors or pharmacies and expected public health to announce the start of flu season later this month or in early November.

The flu vaccine remains the best defence against flu and will be offered to around 2.5 million people this year, including those with health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and children aged two-11.

Depending on the severity of the strains, 5 to 20 percent of the USA population will get the flu every year.

Bhardwaj encouraged expectant mothers, people who can not afford to get sick, seniors or people who work with seniors, people with compromised immune systems or chronic conditions and people who are at a higher risk to contract the flu to get their flu shots as soon as possible.

The flu vaccine and Pneu-P-23 vaccine, which helps protect against pneumococcal disease and is offered free of charge to seniors, are available at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors' offices, and Access Centres.

After years of conducting the clinic at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, this year was the first year the clinic was held at the health unit's 2306 Riker Drive location, according to Jefferson County Health Unit Administrator Angela Parker.

According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks to develop the antibodies that protect you against the flu.

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One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots. However, he noted the injectable flu vaccine doesn't contain living flu virus, so it's impossible to get flu symptoms from it. If you do catch a flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be much milder and shorter lived than it would have otherwise been. The flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of it spreading on to others.

ESR scientists said July was normally when flu infections peak but this year they peaked in September. "It's extremely important that children six months and older, all the way up to the elderly, get their flu shots".

People have several vaccine options to consider. Introduced past year, the high-dose vaccine may provide better protection for those at increased risk of complications from the flu, potentially reducing the number of outbreaks experienced in long-term care facilities.

The University of Minnesota community is gearing up for the approaching flu season.

Amongst the "anti-vaxxer" movement, the reasons for choosing to not get vaccinated range from religious and philosophical to citing a long-disproven report that links vaccines to autism. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects. There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. People with an egg allergy may be at an increased risk of a reaction since some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

"Whenever you have a prevalent flu strain in one season you're going to see that one in your next vaccine".

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