Health department holding walk-in clinic for flu shots

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"The flu shot is not ideal, and it's incorrect to believe it will always prevent you from getting the flu, but it's still the best defence we've got".

“Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, and a growing body of evidence supports the fact that vaccination also reduces the risk of serious flu outcomes that can result in hospitalization and even death, ” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The vaccine reduces your odds of influenza, and if you get the flu it makes it much milder, she added.

Each year, thousands of people in the United Sates die from flu, and many more are hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Eligible students on the university's Homewood campus can schedule an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center to receive the vaccine or visit one of the flu clinics popping up across campus through December 5.

Nearly everyone can receive the flu vaccine.

One-third said the flu shot didn't work.

This year's flu shot formulation-chosen by the World Health Organization's best scientific guess at which viruses will flourish based on what is circulating across the globe-includes strains of H1N1, H3N2 and two strains of influenza B. But there's no way of knowing in advance whether the correct strains were chosen, especially considering the flu virus is always evolving, explained Saxinger. Fluzone High Dose is the first and only influenza vaccine designed specifically for people 65 year of age and older. "When you get the flu shot, you improve your chances of going flu free this season". Considering the seriousness of the illness, however, you need all the protection you can get. More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from flu previous year were also unvaccinated.

But to get the most benefits, the medicine needs to be taken within 48 hours of becoming sick with flu symptoms.

You would think the vaccine wasn't doing its job.

Henry said vaccines are important not only to protect the recipient from the flu and even lessen the severity of flu, but to protect the very young, very old and immunocompromised individuals that surround us.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. A flu shot can prevent a trip to and stay in the hospital.

Antiviral medication can help you feel better if you contract the flu, but it must be started early in your illness, so call your health provider when symptoms begin.

There are three vaccines available this year.

A man in his 40s died October 22 from flu-related complications, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department officials said Tuesday.

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

"[The flu vaccine is made up of] four strains of what they think that we'll see this season", said Korth, "But, it doesn't mean that's right", said Bird.

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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