Will you get the flu shot?

A pharmacist at the Wal Greens on Wilson Street in Brewer prepares to inject a patient with the flu vaccine

Clark County has confirmed one flu-related death so far this season in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

"The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 as we would like, but does work for some and it may provide partial protection". It's the single best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the flu this holiday season - and throughout the year.

Those who already have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. Most people recover in less than two weeks. While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years.

Health-care workers and people whose close contacts have underlying medical conditions have additional impetus to get inoculated against the flu, she said.

Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.

The shots are low-cost and available widely, including at large pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and doctors' offices.

Still, "I believe it's worth getting the vaccine", Siegel said.

Schwartz, who was not involved in the CDC reports, said some of her patients take the flu shot, but others do not. "Getting an annual flu vaccination protects seniors, and everyone around them, too, including their grandchildren".

Lisa Smith said she thinks everyone should think critically about the vaccine before they roll up a sleeve.

Experts warn this could be an early sign that the U.S. faces the same fate as Australia, which had one of its worst outbreaks on record, with two and a half times the normal number of cases.

Each year, hundreds of thousands Americans are hospitalized for flu and thousands die, according to the CDC. "H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children; that's a concern".

After receiving vaccine donations from civic organizations, the CDC on Friday last week announced the plan to administer government-funded vaccines to infants born after January 1 who are older than 12 months after January 1 next year.

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