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Health Department offering stronger flu shots

22 September 2018, 07:23 | Melissa Porter

Health Department offering stronger flu shots

Health Department offering stronger flu shots

But this isn't because the vaccinations don't work for most people. "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". Uninsured children may receive subsidized vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program. We then spoke with a physician at Banner Health, about the effectiveness of getting vaccinated before the start of flu season. But pharmacies and workplaces have become major venues for vaccinations, especially for adults.

Vaccines to fight the flu can also protect women during and after pregnancy and protect a baby after delivery, the CDC said.

"People with underlying conditions should get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available", Kate Lang, a registered nurse with PHS said.

"You have to be at least 2 years of age, and no older than 49". It's recommended to be given to people 65 and older. The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, so it's fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.

The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it, and then touching their nose or mouth.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

Last year's flu season was one of the longest and deadliest on record.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say.

There are contra-indications to the flu vaccine as enumerated in pamphlets distributed at the launch. Given that different flu strains show up each year, and some risk groups are affected more than others - regionally and age wise - creating an effective flu vaccine can be a challenge for researchers. The others protect against three.

The CDC urges people to get their flu shots by the end of October. Given that last year's flu season was so bad, public health officials are recommending that everyone get a version of the flu vaccine this year.

Of the 180 children who died in the past year, 80 percent had not been vaccinated during the season, the CDC said.

The duration of flu seasons varies but last year's season lasted well into the Spring.

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