Flu Shot Clinic at El Camino

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter

These groups are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.

The CDC recently reported that the flu was responsible for as many as 80,000 deaths last winter.

While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott says a flu shot is "the single best way to protect yourself and the ones you love against the flu".

"Real flu can be debilitating and if you are already living with a condition, you are either very young or very old it can hit you harder". By the end of that flu season, the CDC estimated that the interim overall effectiveness of the flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 36%; this included 25% vaccination effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, 67% against H1N1, and 42% against influenza B viruses. However, that doesn't mean that the flu vaccine is a dud.

The CDC and every reputable medical organization urge Americans to get flu shots.

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During the 2017-2018 flu season, almost 20,000 people received flu shots from Boynton. If you are ill with a fever it is recommended that you delay the shot until the fever clears.

Zhigarev gave some simple advice: "first, maintain your immune system at a normal level; second, avoid concentrations of people in confined areas, mass events; third, wash your hands, because dirty hands infection also is transmitted".

Simply put, it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest flu vaccine. The virus has a multitude of different strains, scientists and researchers are constantly updating the vaccination so it's most effective against the strain they've predicted will be most common in the coming season.

The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally, including the Flu A (H1N1). Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. It's important to note, however, that studies have shown only 1 to 2 percent of people who get the flu shot will experience a negative reaction. Drugmakers still grow vaccines in chicken eggs - a technique developed in the 1940s. Fisher-Titus recommends that you schedule a visit with your primary care provider to get a flu shot.

The nasal mist flu vaccine will not be available. "Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart".

Flu rates have been "unseasonably low" in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet.

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