Keep nasty flu bug at bay, get vaccinated!

Faith Castro
September 22, 2018

Getting vaccinated can reduce flu-related illnesses, doctor's visits, missed school and work due to flu.

What is a flu shot made of?

Five companies make flu vaccine for the US market. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing flu viruses. There are also a lot of other health constraints. "Even if there's a less than ideal match against one virus, the vaccine may protect against other viruses".

"There are individuals that cannot receive the flu vaccine, whether they have a reaction to it or their immune system is attacked or they're too young", said McFee.

Does a flu shot give you the flu?

The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them.

While a flu shot can have some side effects like low-grade fever, headache, sore throat and muscle aches, dealing with these symptoms might be better than having a full-blown bout of influenza that may even need hospitalization.

Another important note, according to Pruitt, is that children age 8 and under may require two vaccinations at least one month apart to achieve immunity. But not for the reasons you might think. "So there is supposedly a back order of the flu shot", says nurse practitioner Krista Jones, "I know bigger facilities probably don't have trouble getting them". "It's never too early to get a flu shot, as we cannot accurately predict when the influenza season will begin, but it can be too late".

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The good news is many people don't have to pay anything.

Sometimes, some individuals simply aren't protected from the virus despite getting vaccinated.

The flu is unpredictable, and Baber said she's not sure what the upcoming season holds.

At least five children died from flu-related illnesses during the 2017-18 season in Florida, including West Palm Beach seventh-grader Dylan Winnik, 12, who died on January 23.

Health officials are recommending people receive flu vaccines by October first.

It's once again time to get yourself and your family vaccinated against the flu.

Some of the age ranges for certain vaccines have been lowered and some vaccines were reformulated to better prevent now circulating viruses.

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