Here's Why You Should Get a Flu Shot

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It has expanded the nasal flu vaccination programme to include children from the age of two up to and including those in school Year 4.

The flu, also called influenza, is a disease cause by the influenza virus.

"It's extremely important that people get vaccinated, " said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. For patients 65 and older, there is a trivalent high-dose immunization as well as a new trivalent product with an adjuvant, a substance that enhances the body's immune response to an antigen.These products help to illicit a stronger immune response and allow older patients to respond better to the vaccine. Many more carry the virus but are symptom free.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. Infants who are too young to get vaccinated, six months and younger, women who are pregnant, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk of complications with the flu and are safer the more people around them are vaccinated.

Flu season is upon us, so here's as good a reminder as any to go get a flu shot. The ideal time would be before the end of October.

The CDC estimates that anywhere between 12,000 and 56,000 people die from the flu in the USA every year.

Herd immunity protects those who can not get vaccinated.

Last month, the Health and Human Services Secretary urged Americans to get their flu shot as soon as possible, before influenza starts circulating widely.

This flu season, the SRU Health Center is offering free flu shots to students through the "SRU Fights the Flu" campaign led by the HOPE Peer Educators.

Both do carry a risk of mild side effects that can occur with the standard flu shot. In addition, Target, CVS and Walgreens are all running promotions for their flu shot recipients.

If you have health insurance, check with your primary health care provider if you can get the vaccination at no cost. With more people eligible than before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them from flu'. If they receive their prescriptions under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP), they can get their flu shot for free at participating pharmacies.

The vaccine not only protects the recipient but also those around him or her.

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