Schippert said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among the agencies that recommends getting the seasonal flu shot as early as it's available, and that's good advice, said Dr. Sharon Reed with Bon Secours Ghent Medical Associates. The survey found that 70 percent of college students in the United States believe it is important to get an annual influenza vaccine, and about 46 percent say they typically get vaccinated. Being vaccinated significantly reduces a child's risk of dying from the flu, according to a 2017 CDC study.
Fall officially begins Saturday, September 22, meaning flu season is just around the corner.
The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them. For more information about the October flu shot, clinics call the health department or visit them online.
The CDC recommends everyone get a flu shot by the end of October, before flu activity increases.
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Aigner said scientists monitor predominant flu strains each year to modify the vaccine. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are considered high risk, since their immune system is still developing. Peak flu season in Georgia usually occurs in late January and early February. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness and getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the virus. The vaccine is also approved for use in non-pregnant women up to age 49, unless a doctor warns against its use depending on medical history. Howevee, if they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.
Though the injectable vaccine is preferred, federal health officials have approved the use of a nasal spray flu vaccine this season.
"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".