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Doctors Warn Kids Need to Get Their Flu Shots ASAP

Doctors Warn Kids Need to Get Their Flu Shots ASAP

He also found students were less likely to get flu shots as they got older.

Even if the flu has not made it to your part of the country, getting the vaccine before flu season begins offers the best level of protection according to the Centers for Disease Control. 80% of those deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccine. Flu season picks up around the holidays and into the new year.

With flu season just around the corner, some experts say it's not too early to start protecting yourself from catching the flu. "Last year, [before the USA flu season started, ] we knew that Australia had four times more cases than the previous year".

Influenza shots are starting to arrive at local hospitals and pharmacies, and doctors are urging parents of young children to give them their flu shot before the start of the season.

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The Texas Health and Human Services website shows some low flu activity in the state. Last season was the first out of the 15 analyzed to be classified as "high severity" across all age groups.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine every year.

Among the Florida high schoolers who did get the shots, more reported getting them at a doctor's office than anywhere else. Depending on the vaccine, they will protect against the three (known as a trivalent vaccine) or four (known as a quadrivalent vaccine) viruses expected to be the most common. This year's vaccine contains one new strain of Influenza A and one new strain of Influenza B. "You can kind of put it in perspective for how important it is to get that vaccine". "So this would just - if we didn't vaccinate to the degree we did past year, I can only imagine how many more kids and family members would have - in addition - gotten sick". "The people who are most vulnerable to get a bad case of the flu usually don't make an immune response", Fries says. "The flu that's in an inactivated flu vaccine is dead, it can not give you the flu", said Dr.

The flu has already been making headlines, well before the season gets underway. As of yesterday (Thursday, September 6, 2018), no confirmed cases of the flu were noted in Cumberland or Roane County but flu-like symptoms have been observed.


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