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CDC gives recommendations on upcoming flu season

CDC gives recommendations on upcoming flu season

The CDC said it's key to get a flu vaccine before influenza starts spreading in your community, recommending getting the shot if it's available now between the end of October.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the 2017-2018 flu season was the first to be classified as high severity in all age groups across the country.

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department is offering flu shots for people ages six months and older between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at its offices at 1005 W. Worley Street. Flu season can start early, and it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the full antibody effect to develop and provide flu protection.

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.

Vaccines are specifically created to protect you from the flu without exposing you to a virus that will make you sick.

There are contra-indications to the flu vaccine as enumerated in pamphlets distributed at the launch.

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable", she said.

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No. Because flu vaccines don't contain an active virus, it's impossible to contract the illness from the vaccine itself.

Seasonal bouts of the flu and allergies are a common affair in most homes, especially if there are school-going children or older adults.

Of the 180 children who died in the past year, 80 percent had not been vaccinated during the season, the CDC said. The Chicago Tribune reports that the nasal version of the flu vaccine hasn't been super effective at warding of a specific flu strain - H1N1 - for the past few seasons, but it's expected to work better this year.

But not having enough time isn't a good one in Glynn County anymore.

Check with your doctor, pharmacy, or Oneida County Health Department if you would like a flu shot.

Baber said there was just one person "that we know of" from North Dakota who was on the detained plane and tested positive for the flu. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing flu viruses.


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