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Health officials urge flu vaccine

Health officials urge flu vaccine

The vaccine can be a tougher sell than other shots, Wright said, because people need to get it yearly to keep up with rapidly evolving flu viruses, and because it's less effective than other vaccines.

Director of Nursing Karen Brown says it's hard to predict the severity of each flu season.

People can get the flu shot at doctors' offices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and VCH flu and travel clinics. That's the reason experts recommend you get vaccinated by the end of October, before flu season gets too far along.

Health officials are recommending flu shots for everyone 6 months and older.

The dominant flu strain this year is the A (H3N2) strain.

That resistance is ironic, given that hospital workers are caring for people who are more vulnerable to influenza than members of the general population.

"A flu shot is a simple step that is vitally important to protecting yourself during flu season", Cooper noted.

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It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to build up immunity against the virus.

Along with getting the flu shot to avoid getting sick health officials also recommend increase hand washing, drinking more fluids, getting plenty of sleep and eat a balance diet.

For the week ending October 14-the second week of the 2017-2018 flu season-surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a growing flu season across the United States.

CDC does not recommend use of the nasal spray vaccine again this season since a study previous year showed that it was not effective in preventing infection when compared to the injection.

Dr Clarke stressed: "The vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation". Yesterday's drill included 800 free flu shots. We encourage everyone to become a flu fighter by getting vaccinated.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination. This includes nationally recognized brands, proprietary fred's label products, and a full range of value-priced selections.

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