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The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies. Two children also died of flu previous year.

With all this knowledge, I have confidence getting a flu shot every year Besides, there is one perk that makes it worthwhile: my physician still gives me a lollipop after I receive my shot. There is now a flu vaccine for people over 65 that contains four times as much antigen as regular flu shots, and one that contains an adjuvant, but those tweaks have improved effectiveness only marginally.

The good news is that this year's vaccine is expected to be a good match to the strains of the flu that are on their way.

The flu vaccine works by introducing a small dose of the virus into the body, which causes the immune system to produce antibodies.

Flu season is almost upon us and people in Cumbria who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination. According to estimates from the CDC, in six flu seasons starting in 2005-06, flu vaccination against a variety of strains prevented nearly 14 million cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's record-breaking flu season resulted in 80,000 deaths in the United States, which is the highest number of deaths from the flu in over three decades.

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Dr Andrew Girdher, a local GP who had the flu past year, is encouraging those who need the vaccination, to have it, saying, "For the first time last winter I felt what it was like to experience flu and having a flu jab is definitely on my list of "must dos‟ at the moment".

That might seem impressive, but our current vaccination rates are unacceptably low - in large part because of the proselytizing of anti-vaccine activists - and in some years the available vaccines are barely adequate. On average, flu kills around 8,000 people a year in England. Joseph was not protected against it. I received a text from my GP surgery advising that my son was eligible for a free flu nasal spray vaccination.

FFF offers educational resources on its website, and the organization fields multiple social media channels to connect with families. "It allows them to ask questions and express concerns", says Marotta. They are safe for adults, and they are safe for children.

The Sidaris say their efforts are simply a reflection of who their son Leon was.

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