Health unit puts to rest rumours of flu shot shortage

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It acknowledged that the vaccination of healthcare workers is "not a silver bullet", but it is "one element of the multi-faceted approach recommended to healthcare institutions to minimise spread of the virus".

"The first year that you get it, it may not last as long as somebody that's used to getting that vaccination every year, because your system is used to that".

It's not possible to predict what this flu season will be like - the best protection for yourself and those around you is to get a flu shot.

The Director of Employee and Student Health SUNY Upstate Medical University wants Central New Yorker's to stay ahead of the flu season by getting their shots early.

"Last year, Leon was one of 180 children nationally who died from the flu", Sidari posted on Facebook.

This is according to Mississippi State Department of Health state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. "That's not true, it's effective the entire season", he said.

Warm days, cool nights, yellow and gold leaves, black-eyed susan flowers and the flu - all signal the start of autumn in Northern Arizona. "We're nowhere near peak and that won't be for usually another month".

Only about one in three upstate NY adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield. "But you can get really sick from a cold".

In Collingwood, you can get the flu shot at your doctor's office, from a nurse practitioner, and at any local pharmacy (children five years or older).

The reason is that there are countless, ever-changing strains of the flu.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Fact: The flu vaccine reduces the risk of contracting and spreading the disease by up to 60 percent, according to the CDC.

"Everyone eligible here will be able to get it by the end of November, well in advance of the traditional flu season".

Groups who can get the flu vaccination for free on the NHS include those aged over 65, pregnant women, children aged two to 10 and children and adults with health conditions like heart disease or respiratory illnesses. Beyond that, everyone else would just need the regular single dose.

The flu shot won't make you sick. As always, he said that you should consult your physician if you have questions about what dosage is appropriate for you.

It also reiterated that there is "no shortage" in supply of the new vaccine.

"It results in deaths in Arizona every single year", Christ said.

But these myths can be harmful if they lead people to avoid the vaccine unnecessarily.

Now is the time to get a flu vaccine, which is considered preventive and in most cases is covered through employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare and Medicaid health plans. "That's a common misconception", Taege said.

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