Public encouraged to get free seasonal flu vaccine

Your excuses for skipping a flu shot are totally bogus

Check with your physician, your county health department, or use the department's Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine.

It is a good idea to get a flu vaccine because it "prevent (s) you from getting the flu during the flu season", Burgos added. If you take a nasal spray, side effects include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness, and loss of appetite.

"It's important to get vaccinated against the flu since influenza, a serious, contagious respiratory illness, caused by flu viruses, that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death".

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

"Some people might feel a bit under the weather after a flu shot - muscle aches or an achy arm at the injection site, but it is not possible to contract the flu from a flu shot", says Webster. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell". "It just has dead virus and pieces and parts of that virus [and] it helps your immune system understand what to look for when it's being attacked by flu". You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch it.

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Overall, in the a year ago, despite what seems like a low effectiveness rate, the flu shot still managed to cut back on a person's risk of having to go to the doctor's office by 40 percent. So, of course, you can delay your vaccination or avoid it, but remember that vaccine takes 2 weeks in general to produce enough antibodies against the virus.

The flu mist is only available for non-pregnant individuals ages 2-49. You should always call ahead to make sure you have insurance to cover your flu shot. "So we actually don't give the flu shot during flu season".

CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year's vaccine may not protect against the current year's flu strain.

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season this year, given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter. The largest initiative Boynton Health will handle during the upcoming months is setting up mass flu clinics.

This season, protect yourself - and those around you - from influenza. "Manitobans are encouraged to get the vaccine and reduce the risk of contracting influenza and the potential health complications that can come with it, both for themselves and for others".

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