Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your…

Desiree Burns
September 21, 2018

No appointment is needed to get a flu vaccine on October 4th, and no other vaccinations will be available that day.

Mansfield also wants students to understand that the vaccine will decrease one's risk of getting the flu, which can last from 8 to 10 days.

Harborview Medical Center has already treated one case of the flu this year.

Six cases at this time of year is "normal early activity season", which typically starts with a handful of cases every week in September or October, Baber said.

To bring this number down, people who are more at risk to getting the flu, like the elderly, are advised to get high dosages of the shot.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has encouraged parents to get their children immunized against the flu as soon as possible, and by the end of October at the latest.

"The flu is a smart virus, and what I mean by that is it's constantly changing".

But the CDC reports that there are several new things this season.

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It's also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy. "Even if it is not a ideal match for all this year's flu strains, the flu vaccine will provide some protection and reduce your chances of needing to be hospitalized if you do get sick".

"There are individuals that cannot receive the flu vaccine, whether they have a reaction to it or their immune system is attacked or they're too young", said McFee.

For more information about the flu vaccine and keeping the flu bug at bay, go to the Allina website. "All recombinant vaccine will be quadrivalent".

MoHP-Health Centres/Clinics/Public Health assistant undersecretary Dr Hussain Abdulrahman Al Rand issued the reminder on Wednesday at the launch of the annual "Get the Vaccine, Not the Flu" national awareness campaign.

Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza.

Also, shots made using a vaccine production technology that does not require the use of flu virus.

The trivalent vaccine targets three strains of the flu, while the quadrivalent targets four strains. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles.

Though the injectable vaccine is preferred, federal health officials have approved the use of a nasal spray flu vaccine this season.

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