State health officials urge Virginians to get flu vaccine

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When the virus reaches someone who is vaccinated, not only are they less likely to get the flu, but they are less likely to transmit the virus to others. Many have already received the seasonal flu shot and those who have yet to receive pledged that they will get it, to protect the family members who may are receiving cancer treatment or are cancer survivors. But nowadays, there are so many flu vaccine options you might feel like you are ordering off a menu.

Doctors say now is the best time to get your flu shot. before the flu season ramps up.

A staggering 95 percent of all fatalities were found to have belonged to a risk group - yet more than half had not been vaccinated. Some people have some misconceptions from the flu vaccine and even dismiss its effectiveness.

The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for people five years and older.

Within the first three days of their walk-in clinic, staff at Lafene Health Center administered 122 shots, which is 40 percent more than they did during the clinic's first week in 2017.

While a vaccination significantly reduces the chance of coming down with flu, there is no guarantee that it will prevent people from contracting the disease. "We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot". "So you think, I'll get it later".

Young children, adults aged 65 years or older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions are at risk for more serious complications from the flu, requiring hospitalization or even resulting in death.

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In the Bluegrass State, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky also has announced a statewide flu prevention campaign, aimed at preventing an epidemic-level flu season like a year ago, when more than 10,000 people were infected.

"It's hard to predict exactly what will be the predominant strain but getting a flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu".

For third-year College student Monica Sebastian, who occasionally gets the flu vaccine, it comes down to accessibility.

In Broome County, the health department reported almost 2,000 flu cases, with 500 coming in one month alone.

"The vaccine is not a live virus, so it can not give a person the flu", Brown said.

Veterans in the Veterans Affairs system can get a free flu shot at the following drive-thru flu clinics: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on October 6 at Altoona VAMC and Huntingdon Clinic and October 20 at the State College Clinic. McFee recommends you get the flu shot as soon as you can.

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