People who experience flu symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away. For children, the CDC says the vaccine can be life-saving and reduces the risk for hospitalization.
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Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.
Solano County Public Health urges everyone ages 6 months and older to get the flu shot.
Berg said the nasal spray, called FluMist, was previously approved, but the recommendation was removed two years ago when the CDC's vaccines advisory committee received some data that questioned the nasal spray's effectiveness against the H1N1 strand. The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season.
Lange says if the flu hasn't come to your community by February, getting a flu shot in that month is acceptable, also.
Officials are encouraging people to get flu shots as soon as possible. That count represents about 60 percent of children and 40 percent of adults.
Arkansas health officials are bracing for the upcoming flu season, after the prevous one was the deadliest in three decades.
Bon Secours is offering free flu shots during their annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Day event on September 29, from 8-11 a.m.at four of their locations: Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus. "This is given to people between the age of two years and 49 years and is not given to pregnant women, children under two years or the elderly over 65 years". "Contrary to that myth, not getting the vaccine makes individuals especially vulnerable to catching the flu". Both vaccines, which are administered just once at different times, work in different ways to provide maximum protection. "We have tried to put in an order for the last few weeks; our flu shots won't be in until mid-October".
Around 11 percent of all deaths during the period were attributed to flu, and hospitals and doctors' offices were kept busy all winter.