This is the best time to get your flu vaccines

Child in south Mississippi dies from flu

No pediatric deaths attributed to flu were reported to CDC this week, which means the 2018-19 season total remains at five. It can be a risky illness for anyone, but it can be especially harmful for babies who are too young for the vaccine, older adults, pregnant women, and people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, or a weakened immune system. What should they say to those who have fears that the shot will give them the flu? The outbreak reached Wyoming, and one of the notable locals to die in the pandemic was Irma Garlow, the 34-year-old daughter of Buffalo Bill Cody.

He encouraged area residents to receive the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them, including those more susceptible to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older adults and people with certain chronic health conditions. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.

So the goal is to prevent people - especially those at the highest risk- from getting the flu in the first place.

When considering seeing a doctor about flu symptoms, Borgen also said it can be beneficial to call ahead of time.

The flu killed far fewer Australians in 2018 than it did a year ago, as the number of cases of the infection reported fell dramatically.

While the vaccine is not flawless, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill.

"Even in December, it's not too late for New Jersey seniors to get a flu shot", said Melissa Jevic Evans, nurse practitioner, Clover Health. The vaccine uses a killed virus, and every batch is checked to ensure this.

Don't be fooled by the slow start to this year's flu season, UCHealth experts say. This is a particularly virulent, shape-shifting strain that can mutate even while the vaccine is being incubated in eggs. Back in 2015-16, Kaweah Delta began requiring all staff to either get a flu vaccination or wear a face mask during cold and flu season.

This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'". We can join together to fight flu and drastically reduce the toll of illness, hospitalization and death. "You really need to protect yourself so you can thereby protect them". Make your appointment for a flu shot.

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