Fight flu - get your flu shot

Your excuses for skipping a flu shot are totally bogus

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"How bad will the flu season be this year", Shital Patel, an Assistant Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine said. This is the highest death toll in decades.

Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Last month, a Wake County school board member died after being diagnosed with influenza.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, said: "I strongly encourage everyone in vulnerable groups to get the flu vaccine as we head into winter".

"You have to remember that even in the flu season previous year where we were really disappointed in the performance of the flu vaccine, it still did save lives", she said.

"If things hold true, past year we were all focusing on Australia, 'Oh look, they're having a bad flu season, it's going to be a bad flu season for us, '" Prabhu said. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school. "It's their social responsibility to get vaccinated". Influenza can potentially be a very serious illness and is highly contagious.

Ideally, he said, Boynton wants to make it as barrier-free as possible for people to get vaccinated, which comes as initiatives like keeping lines short and setting up flu clinics in common areas. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell".

Receiving those vaccinations, health care officials say, is very important when fighting the flu.

Autumn is here and the nights are drawing in, so it's really important we take the time to look after ourselves - and one of the best things we can do is get the flu jab. For that reason, health care officials are asking everyone to get the vaccination early and help control the severity of the virus.

Remember, the flu shot can take two to four weeks before it's fully effective, so it's best to be vaccinated sooner than later.

That suggests weather does not play as big a role in spreading the virus, as person-to-person contact. Mostly commonly recommended is covering the mouth when sneezing and frequently washing the hands.

About 40 percent of US residents received a seasonal flu vaccination past year. "Even though we still see flu with people who are vaccinated, it's likely to be less severe". Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults - including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat.

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