Despite evidence, people still wary of flu shots

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Weldon said she recommends getting vaccinated against the flu "if there is even at least a small percent chance that it can help you or those around you".

Every doctor and almost every employee at SCCA gets a flu shot each year, said Pergam, who specializes in the study of microbial threats to patients with compromised immune systems.

Stacey Kokaram, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness in the BPHC, said her commission hosts the public clinic because it is crucial that everyone gets their flu shot.

Nearly everyone can receive the flu vaccine.

The flu shot and the flu mist are both available at the UWL Health Center, although the flu mist quantities are limited.

However, it is important to note that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports on hospitalizations within the flu season, which usually runs from fall to spring, while Jeffco Public Health tracks for the entire calendar year.

For parents, there's a handy guide for treating children who get the flu containing tips and best practices from Hopkins pediatrician Pranita Tamma.

Flu vaccines are not flawless, because the influenza virus mutates every season to sidestep the body's ability to block it.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh gets vaccinated Wednesday during a flu shot clinic at Boston City Hall. It's really about utilizing all the things you now have to reduce the number of influenza illnesses.

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He spent more than a week in the ICU before he died this week.

Oklahoma City was ranked sixth in the nation for the 2017-2018 season, according to a proprietary flu index the national chain developed.

But to get the most benefits, the medicine needs to be taken within 48 hours of becoming sick with flu symptoms. Though it's still early in the influenza season, heightened awareness about vaccines at pharmacies means hundreds have already received the shot locally. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. Its completely possible to pick up something either right before or right after you got your shot. Precautions such as staying at home when you are sick, covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, using and properly disposing of tissues, and washing your hands are important measures to help reduce the spread of serious respiratory illnesses.

Many students take other precautions to protect themselves from the flu.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports a man in his forties tested positive for influenza when he was admitted to the hospital.

Remember that getting the vaccine will not give you the flu.

The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans. The CDC recommends shooting for the end of October, although even by January or later it is not too late.

Other ways to prevent the flu is avoid touching the face, clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, and get plenty of sleep.

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