Never too early to get your flu shot, says health unit

"I usually do the flu shot", Dr. Bhargava says.

A spokesperson said, "For the public the Department of Health will run its annual "Flu Express" once again". "The CDC recommends all individuals over the age of six months get a yearly flu vaccine and that is the best protection against the virus". "The most important action to take to prevent serious illness is to get a flu vaccine now".

Ott says it is particularly important to receive the flu shot to protect those within society who cannot receive the flu shot as well as those who are immune compromised.

Past year over 12 thousand Canadians were hospitalized as a result of the flu and there were 3,500 related deaths to the flu.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

Children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive the vaccine in school, but children aged 2 and 3 will receive it through their GP. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

The department said the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses this year, and that several different types of vaccine are available.

Flu shots will be provided to anyone over the age of 6 months and will be free to anyone with proof of health insurance.

Avoid people who appear sick.

Flu shots will be available at the Concord campus by appointment.

In fact, offering the painless alternative to the shot could help health officials achieve their goal of getting 70 percent of Americans vaccinated. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester.

"You may have a few days after you get your flu shot where you perhaps aren't feeling 100 percent", Han said.

The researchers received an $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand on research that creates a framework for the significance of biological sex in flu vaccine immune responses.

Wash your hands frequently.

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