Flu shots available on walk-in basis

Flu striking more than usual in Windsor and Essex County this year

Free Flu Shots Offered in Hillsborough Until December 7

Patients without access to a military treatment facility can get the influenza vaccine from a participating retail network pharmacy or their health care provider. Among children, effectiveness rates were higher: Children who got the shot were 59% seek medical care for the virus, the CDC reported this year.

You should get the vaccine whenever you can because there's no way to know just how bad the flu season will be.

"Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related consequences". Leon was scheduled to get his flu shot soon.

In 2008, New Jersey's Public Health Council issued a compulsory flu vaccination for all children before entering preschools and daycare centers.

"Influenza may be familiar, but should never be overlooked or accepted as a minor problem", said Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming state epidemiologist, in a news release this fall. "More people simply want to be vaccinated", she told news agency TT. Welch. "Although a flu shot is never 100 percent effective, a vaccination is the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and getting serious complications".

"There were no vaccines to protect against flu virus infection, no antiviral drugs to treat flu illness, and no antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia", the CDC said on its website.

This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'".

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young.

As of mid-November, only 43% of surveyed people 18 or older said they had gotten vaccinated against the flu, according to NORC, which has conducted the National Immunization Survey for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2005.

A year ago was one of the deadliest on record, with more than 80,000 people dying from the flu. Yet even though flu shots are readily available and low-cost, many don't get one.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine. And while you're at it, inquire about other vaccinations, such as those for shingles and whooping cough.

There is evidence the flu can be milder and briefer in those who have been vaccinated against the flu.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.

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