The Facts About The Flu Vaccine

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The vaccine is widely available at hospitals, clinics, public health offices and some businesses.

To find out more about how to get your free vaccine, visit www.beatflu.org or www.curwchffliw.org or find Beat Flu or Curwch Ffliw on twitter and facebook.

Nationally, there were nearly 600,000 flu-related hospitalizations last season, Dr. Dan Jernigan, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said in a recent news conference.

The first statewide flu report, released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, shows that six people have been hospitalized for influenza since October 1, the official start of flu season.

The flu vaccine is still the single best protection against the flu and it is also helpful in reducing the length and severity of illness if someone does get the flu. According to CDC, the yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in guarding yourself against the flu viruses.

"It's extremely important that people get vaccinated", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, as quoted by Fox 5 San Diego "Influenza can generate severe complications, including death, especially for people with underlying medical conditions."

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"When we're young and invincible, getting the flu doesn't seem like it's such a bad thing, you know maybe a week off work or something like that". Dependents of students, however, can not avail this service for free as the SEBT plan does not cover for their flu shots.

NHS staff already get free flu vaccinations and NHS England wants trusts to make it less disruptive for staff.

Each year, the World Health Organization reviews the circulating strains of flu and recommends which flu strains should go in the vaccine. Then they proceed to touch their eye, nose or mouth and the flu gets into their system.

People with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don't.

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will begin offering seasonal flu and high-dose flu immunizations starting on Tuesday Oct. 10.

"I have not gotten my flu vaccines".

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