Living Well: Calling all seniors! It's time for a flu shot

County Health Department: 'People of all ages are advised to get vaccinated'

The CDC said it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to protect you from the flu.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the nation's Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, to look at ways to strengthen the program, including by speaking to manufacturers about stronger vaccines.

"You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine", she said.

The U.S. government recommends everyone 6 months of age and older gets a flu vaccine each season before flu season is in full swing. Like it did in 2016, the CDC is recommending the spray flu vaccine, also known as the live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV, not be used this year. Doctors along with Ballard say with simple tips, the possibility of catching the flu this season could be decreased.

"Keep in mind that if you miss a week of work because of the flu, that $25 will seem small in comparison to what the actual flu could do to you", Dr. Itskowitz points out.

The BC Centre's Skowronski says many influenza researchers are hesitant to discuss problems with the vaccine "because they're afraid of being tainted with the antivaccine brush". For example, in the US, flu season dates can last from October through May, usually peaking between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We're watching out for you ahead of flu season! As a courtesy, the county will bill an insurance company, but individuals seeking a flu shot should check with their insurance provider to determine whether they are covered.

Every fall and winter, the flu virus returns, although not always the same variety.

"Most people recover from flu after four to five days, but for some, it can be extremely serious and even fatal".

A vaccine being trialled in the northern hemisphere that can be inhaled could also be available in future years if found to be effective and can boost the rate of uptake rate among children, which now sits at about 10 per cent. Meanwhile, influenza vaccination - or more commonly known as the flu shot - confers only a short-term vaccination requiring annual booster shots.

Certain Duke Primary Care locations in Durham, Orange and Wake counties will have extended and weekend hours starting September 23 to provide flu shots for children of Duke employees and dependents. The study examined data from a small subgroup of women who received H1N1-containing vaccines in consecutive years. "But as an advocate for pregnant women, what I hope doesn't happen is that people panic and stop getting vaccinated".

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