Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Here's Why You Should Get a Flu Shot

Here's Why You Should Get a Flu Shot

The Australian government in September reported there had been two-and-a-half times the number of confirmed cases this year when compared to the same period last year. The virus lives longer in the cold weather because there is less humidity in the air to kill it. People can inhale the flu or get it by touching everyday objects such as doorknobs, chairs, tables and many other objects.

In the United States, flu season runs roughly from October through May.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

"Last year in Wales less than half (47 per cent) of those in at-risk groups under the age of 65 took up their free NHS flu vaccination, and we really need to significantly increase the numbers of people being vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of this largely preventable illness".

By the same time past year, 71 cases had been reported.

"Global trends show that the H3N2 virus is likely to be part of Nova Scotia's flu season, a strain of influenza that can be particularly severe in the elderly", said Strang.

Flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, according to the CDC. It varies every year. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu shot.

"You can't get the flu from the flu shot", he said.

Mr. Davies said: "I'm pleased to once again back the Beat Flu campaign which is working across Wales to deliver flu vaccines to individuals most at risk of serious complications from influenza".

"By getting the flu vaccine, you not only reduce the risk of getting the flu yourself, you will also help protect your family and friends". Sometimes the flu vaccine, which is based on these strains, is a mismatch for North America, he said.

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The quadrivalent vaccines are created to protect against the already mentioned viruses plus an additional B virus.

In Southwest Virginia, residents can now roll in, roll up their sleeves and arm themselves against the seasonal flu during a drive-through flu vaccine clinic at Mountain Empire Community College.

Forms for the flu clinic are now available online for parents to print off and fill out.

Reception class pupils over four will be able to get the vaccine at school instead of at their GP surgery.

Experts recommend getting vaccinated and frequent handwashing to stay disease-free. Flu vaccination helps reduce hospitalizations among almost 80 percent of diabetes patients and 52 percent of those who suffer from chronic lung disease.

Getting vaccinated also allows you to protect your loved ones, especially the most vulnerable.

"We have seen two cases of the flu hospitalized already".

Vaccination rates improved nationally a year ago, according to CDC data.

"If you are insured through the University with the SEBT health plan, you can receive the flu shot at no cost by presenting your insurance card". He reassured that research has shown no risk at all and emphasized that doctors have improved knowledge about the vaccine over the past decades.

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