Temporary flu shot clinic at CSU East Bay

The flu shot is made from dead influenza virus cells and can not spread the flu. That number was quadruple the average of 25 death each season over the last decade.

Health professionals urge people to get vaccinated.

It's never too early to get the flu shot.

Flu season runs from October until May, peaking in January and February.

"I think that parents should be aware that the flu shot is very mild in general, that it only takes a few seconds, and that usually there is very little reaction to it", Dr. Bhargava says.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. But in 2016, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee stopped recommending FluMist because it didn't perform well against a particular flu strain, the H1N1 strain.

Darrell Gale, East Sussex Director of Public Health, said: "Flu is a very unpleasant illness and vaccination is particularly important for people at increased risk of the effects of the disease".

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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. I received a text from my GP surgery advising that my son was eligible for a free flu nasal spray vaccination.

Some of those conditions include: Children ages 2 to 17 who are taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medication; people who have weakened immune systems; those who are age 5 and up who have asthma; and others with conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, or neurological or neuromuscular disorders. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

"Getting the vaccine is a quick, simple procedure which is the best way people can protect themselves against the unpredictable flu virus and any more serious complications which could result".

Last season's flu vaccine turned out to be only 40 percent effective. "Thanks to the help of the Somerset County Department of Health, we will be administering 200 flu shots, first-come, first-served, to the community at large".

The vaccinations are free on the NHS for many people.

"Ultimately, our goal is to better understand whether standardized approaches of one-size-fits-all for flu vaccines really work, and whether our biological sex is a factor that needs to be considered", Dr. Klein said.

Oklahoma health officials say two people have died from influenza during the past two weeks following the deadliest flu season in the state on record.

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