MCKELVEY: Make the U.Va. flu clinic more accessible

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The flu season can last up until spring and if you've ever had the flu you wouldn't want to get again.

Local pharmacies and physician offices are offering the flu vaccination daily.

Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the flu by between 40 and 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

"Schools can make very good breeding grounds for illnesses like flu, because children don't tend to use tissues or wash their hands as much as adults". Getting yourself vaccinated will not only protect you from getting the flu, but will protect those that live or work with you.

Samuels just turned 70 and said he is anxious about contracting the flu as he ages, even though he has always been healthy.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your healthcare provider.

In North Carolina the flu season begins October 1 and runs through May.

Changes had been made to this year's seasonal flu vaccine to better cover some strains of influenza experienced overseas earlier this year, she said. For most children, the flu vaccine is not usually an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray.

Medical professionals agree that if people are sick, they should avoid contact with others.

Konopacka said the vaccine takes a couple of weeks to build up resistance in your body, so they recommend adults get it before November and the holiday season. Although 90 percent of last year's flu victims were over the age of 65, the sickness still managed to kill 180 children and teenagers, which is still a record high count according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC). The paper's authors note that flu vaccine efficacy is lowest among the elderly, who are at greater risk of severe disease and death from the flu, making influenza vaccination among health care personnel in long-term care settings especially important.

The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the deadliest in decades, killing more than 80,000 people.

The vaccine significantly reduces the risk of infection with flu and, even if you manage to get sick, the illness will pass in a very mild form, says an expert.

Gov. John Carney and other state officials were among hundreds of Delawareans getting their flu vaccine Tuesday at the third annual Division of Public Health drive-thru flu clinic in Dover. That's the thing with influenza.

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