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Florida's Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children conducted a national survey of 700 parents and found that more than half still believed their child could contract the flu by getting vaccinated, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Tuesday.

The Fluad® vaccine will be offered to everyone aged 65 years and over in Northern Ireland.

The Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network researches the annual efficacy of the vaccine. The vaccine has two A strains - H1N1 and H3N2 strain - and two B strains. Even though influenza is often thought of as a winter illness, it doesn't always occur just in that season. There were 302 deaths directly attributed to influenza, including nine children. Hospitals that make vaccines more accessible to their employees by setting up on-site stations for free vaccinations during every shift have high participation rates.

The vaccine can take time to begin working. It's based on reams of data.

Influenza is a virus. That data goes to the World Health Organization.

We're coming off a deadly flu season. He assured us that you can not get the flu from the flu shot. Of positive samples at public health labs, 86.4% were influenza A and 13.6% were influenza B. Of the few influenza A samples that were subtyped, 22.2% were H3N2 and 75% were 2009 H1N1.

"Compared to last year, after the first week of our flu prevention campaign, we immunized 850 more people than last year".

This year's vaccine contains two A strains of the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses, and two strains of the B/Victoria and B/Yamagata. "So you can get a reaction, but you can't get the actual influenza from it", Huffer says.

Where can you get the flu vaccine? And right now, the view is good.

It's hard to predict how severe the flu season will be this year, Lin said. Most insurance plans will fully cover the cost of a flu vaccine, which isn't expensive anyhow. "Your body says "oh, there is something here" and it then is going to build an antibody 'fort.' Typically, a reaction to the shot is mild and most people can get through with nothing more than Tylenol, or something like that".

Health experts say the vaccination helps protect them and other people.

Keep in mind, however, that some people might still get a low-grade fever (below 100) and feel slightly exhausted or achey even after the shot, says Urrutia, and that's normal.

It's recommended seniors, along with people with chronic health conditions, children under five and pregnant women, get the shot.

'It's our responsibility to protect them, ' she said.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District urges everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine every year.

Flu vaccines will be available in the BSC Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m.