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Never too early to get your flu shot, says health unit

Never too early to get your flu shot, says health unit

Sabra Klein, PhD, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health who is leading the research effort, helped conduct studies that found females tend to develop significantly higher immune responses to the vaccine than males.

Imagine getting one flu shot and having it last you the rest of your life, no boosters needed.

"These are the people that may ultimately get hospitalized", Han said. Kevin Legge, a U-I pathology professor, says they're working in stages and are trying to ideal a multi-year flu shot first. You can track of how much flu is in the community by visiting here. Each year in the US, the flu is estimated to cause between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths and up to 710,000 hospitalizations.

"Flu-mist is a live virus, the one that people get in their nose, but we don't recommend it because it's a live virus and it's not as effective as the shot".




Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger. "But it's really nothing compared to the severity of illness that can occur with influenza".

Ask WellBooster doses can make the flu vaccine more effective, but the benefit is limited to a few specific groups.ImageCreditCreditDavid Goldman/Associated PressQ.

The influenza vaccine does not guarantee protection against the flu but it does lower the chances in contracting it. People should take additional precautions to lower their risk, including those who received the vaccine. "The single best way to improve influenza-related outcomes is to vaccinate people". "While the flu is unpredictable, what is predictable is that getting your annual flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the flu, and from spreading it to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers".

Han points out that some vaccines have been shown to work better in older adults. "We are still at the beginning of flu season, so now is the time to get the vaccine", said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department Director.


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