Flu Shots: Vaccinations are best protection against the flu

Flu Shots: Vaccinations are best protection against the flu

Three weeks into this flu season, the Arizona Department of Health Services already had confirmed 96 cases, slightly above last year's numbers but close to three times the number of confirmed cases at this point in a typical year.

It will take place on the second floor of the Police Department Thursday from 3pm-5pm.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for people six months and older and the sooner you get it, the better.

It is a first come, first served basis.

Last year's flu season was one of the deadliest in decades, and doctors say what you do now could make a big difference in whether or not you get sick.

While the vaccine isn't ideal, it reduces the odds of getting sick or developing a serious complication if you do get the flu, Drevets said. It usually doesn't arrive until January or so so this is early.

To better protect yourself from the flu, you are encouraged to get vaccinated. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to illnesses, and studies show that people who are chronically sleep deprived are more prone to getting sick after being exposed to a virus.

Flu lead at the surgery, Dr Gwyneth Rogers, said the story is the same for most clinicians as the deliveries for the supposedly more effective jab have been staggered to cope with demand.

And for those tired about a flu shot because they still contracted the virus, Newhouse said there are still benefits.

The flu vaccine is widely available for all New Yorkers, and serious reactions to the vaccine are extremely rare.

No although people do tend to link the two the vaccine can not cause a flu illness.

"We know that flu vaccine is not flawless, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection, hospitalizations and death", said Facteau.

Complications include sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the heart or brain, which can land an infected person in the hospital and in some cases even result in death.

The obvious one is that it keeps you from getting sick with the flu, reduces risk of hospitalization from the flu and protects people around you.

But there are always those who choose not to get vaccinated out of fear. In addition, vaccination during pregnancy helps protect the baby from the influenza virus during the first few months of life, because the vaccinated pregnant mother can pass protective antibodies to baby during pregnancy. The reason being that the vaccine either has a killed (inactivated) form of the virus that is not infectious or it is made with proteins from a flu vaccine virus that is attenuated "weakened" and therefore can not cause the flu.

This might not be realistic for everyone, but, as much as you can, try to avoid large crowds during flu season. "If the vaccination status is unknown for any child in this age group that child should be given two doses of seasonal flu vaccine".

Influenza virus causes infection of the upper airway and may lead to symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, body aches and coughs, according to a release.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said, "Each year the national expert immunisation group assesses global evidence to determine the most effective flu vaccines available". "We are definitely higher than what we've seen for the average for this time of year". Throw them out and wash your hands.