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Flu Shots Available At County Health Dept.

Flu Shots Available At County Health Dept.

Antiviral medications taken within a day or two after the flu symptoms start might help people at higher risk avoid complications, including pneumonia, hospitalization, and death.

Dr. Denise Pate, Internal Medicine Doctor at Medical Offices of Manhattan, tells PEOPLE she's encountered several patients who were wary of the shot due to long-circulated rumors that it causes illness.

"It's something we're diagnosing more because we're more aware of it", she says.

Clinicians were the healthcare professionals most likely to work with flu-like symptoms, with 44.3 percent reporting the behavior.

"I had a flu in the year 2000 and it was lasting". Federal health officials recommend a yearly vaccination against the flu for everyone 6 months old and older.

"Influenza can lead to serious complications and even death, especially among the elderly", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement.

However, while many are lining up to get the influenza vaccine, others remain skeptical of the shot's effects.

She adds: "People have been getting flu shots for many years and I don't think there's a correlation". "If you have ever had a cold, you can get the flu".

"We didn't have a choice to get the better one", Prof Van Buynder said. These side effects are mild and short-lived, especially when compared to symptoms from a bad case of the flu. The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.

"You should get a flu vaccine now, if you haven't gotten one already this season", according to the CDC. "Immune systems are less responsive as people age. It protects pregnant women before and after birth, and it protects their child from the flu after birth".

Those who are immune compromised or can not get vaccines because of medical reasons have better protection when people around them are vaccinated. "Getting an annual flu shot is the most important step in protecting against the flu", said O'Connor. She is a registered nurse and gives shots as well. However, he said, "for us here in Hawaii, it's year round because we have people coming in from all parts of the world".


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