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Get your flu shot - Why you need it every year?

13 October 2017
Get your flu shot - Why you need it every year?

"Vaccination for those not insured through University is available at $20", said Megan Nichols, a nurse at the Health Services Office.

If you're between ages 18 to 64 and find injections uncomfortable, you can ask about getting the vaccine with a smaller needle that only pierces the skin-the traditional shot is injected into the muscle, which can be more painful. Two children were among the 87 deaths caused by influenza during the 2016-17 flu season.

NHS West Sussex is stressing the importance of encouraging as many eligible people as possible get their jab, which it described as being "the best way to protect everyone from flu".

Its a quick prick to protect yourself from the flu all season long, but not all flu vaccines are the same.

"Getting vaccinated soon has advantages since it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection that will last throughout the flu season", said Dr. Rick Johansen, the health department's medical director. Most North American public health organizations look to the southern hemisphere to gage their own flu season.

Colby also said a lot of people seem to misunderstand exactly what the flu is. Dependents of students, however, can not avail this service for free as the SEBT plan does not cover for their flu shots. However, if a patient visits their doctor for the sole objective of getting a flu shot they would have to pay for it, because it is no longer covered under MCP. The best time for a person to get vaccinated is from October to December, the department said.

The NHS is expanding its £237m winter flu campaign by offering free vaccination for the first time to over 1 million people who work in care homes, at a cost of £10m, and also to the 670,000 eight- and nine-year-old pupils in school year four.

Additional flu clinics will be held in locations throughout the county - see community flu clinic schedule below. Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough.

The vaccine contains an inactivated form of the flu and is not infectious.

The free flu shot clinics are for those at risk of complications from influenza and those in contact with people at risk.

"Some kids who get influenza also, in addition to all that, get diarrhea with it, but it's not common in adults".