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"No, doc. When I was younger I would get it and always get sick, so now - at my age - I think I will pass on it this year and take my chances". It is easily spread from person to person even before they are sick with symptoms.

Last year saw the highest overall influenza rates and the greatest number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities and hospitals in the last 15 years, according to VCH medical health officer Dr. Emily Newhouse.

When in stock, Tran also stated that Walgreens Pharmacy made getting vaccinated a simple process.

When you get the flu jab, it triggers an immune response in your body. But this simply isn't the case, and with less than half of the adult population in the US getting vaccinated each flu season - which coincides with the holiday season and cold weather - there's a good chance you're going to get sick. Influenza is commonly called the flu but it is different from stomach flu - which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza runs most severely rampant from October to May, which means we are now well into the first month of flu season. These antibodies provide protection against the virus.

In addition to the Fluzone high-dose vaccine for ages 65 and older, the health department also is offering the quadrivalent flu vaccine for 6-month-olds and up, which "is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses", Green said. This vaccination offers protection from 3 or 4 kinds of common influenza viruses.

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A high-dose shot is available for seniors aged 65-plus, who are often at higher risk for severe complications from influenza, which in some cases can be fatal.

As it does every year, the flu has arrived in Texas. Antibiotics don't work against viruses. You may experience a few mild symptoms after getting a flu shot, but these symptoms are not the flu itself. For the live vaccine, the CDC says very young people, very old people, pregnant people, people who have weakened immune systems or will be taking care of someone with a weakened immune system, among others, should avoid this version of the shot. Tankut says, "It's important to understand the preliminary symptoms of the flu", like coughing, runny nose, and fever, and stay home if they show up.

Foster recommended getting your vaccine right away. It takes about two weeks for your body to develop flu antibodies, so I encourage you to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

"One of the common ones (misconceptions) that we do get is that the flu shot will cause the flu, and that is incorrect", he said. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to tell you.

"There is no need to delay your flu vaccine if you have a minor illness with no fever such as a cold". It is especially important for college students to consider the flu vaccine, seeing that it would spread so easily among the mass population.

Flu lead at the surgery, Dr Gwyneth Rogers, said the story is the same for most clinicians as the deliveries for the supposedly more effective jab have been staggered to cope with demand.

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