Bracing for the worst flu season on record

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Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

"Get a Shot. Give a Shot.is integral to our campaign", Fouchard says.

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay said the program is aimed at minimizing hospitalization and complications which accompany the flu, especially during the rainy season.

Most flu vaccines are quadrivalent, containing 4 different dead strains of the disease.

The medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, Dr. William Schaffner told Business Insider, It is hard for medical experts to tell the intense the upcoming flu season will be. How a good mood may increase the effectiveness of your flu shot. The H3N2 flu strain is known to cause severe illness, particularly among young children and older adults. A person usually becomes sick one to three days following exposure to the virus.

The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth.

When is the best time to get vaccinated? This could mean fewer health professionals would be required to administer it, as well as less inconvenience for the patients.

They want to serve as many people as possible because Shelton says the vaccine isn't something to overlook. "There is less virus present to potentially infect those who can not be immunized such as infants under 6 months old; this helps protect everyone from this potentially deadly disease". Now, the new flu vaccine has its first trial.

Health officials report early flu activity across Arkansas, and they're urging residents to get their flu shots. Please note that due to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FluMist will not be available at Winona Health this season. Those particularly vulnerable to the flu include children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems, Heath said. As a result, the vaccine could potentially also work against bird and swine flu strains. But as the virus changes each year, so do the surface proteins, haemagglutinin and neuraminidase, meaning the flu vaccine needs to change too. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and the number of deaths attributed to the flu has ranged between 12,000 and 56,000.

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