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It turned out that even though the normal vaccine is made in an egg-based culture, people who are allergic to eggs aren't allergic to the vaccine, she said. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it. I mean, last year we had a bad influenza year - killed 80,000 people, and accounted for 900,000 hospitalizations.

Essentia Health is going with the regular vaccine for the 50-64 set, said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, Essentia's infectious disease specialist.

"I don't think there's enough information to say that for sure", Prabhu said.

"We're of course hoping that this flu season is not as bad as last flu season".

In conjunction with vaccinations, the CDC recommends that individuals utilize everyday healthy and hygienic habits to prevent the spread of influenza. "The flu vaccine is free for those most at risk, so if that's you make an appointment to receive the vaccine as soon as possible".

Of North Carolina's flu victims past year, 290 were age 65 and older, and seven were minors under the age 18.

Why not give it to everyone?

"It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said. "In older people, we're looking at that declining immune system".

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But for some people it can be more severe.

You might notice that after a 2-year hiatus, the nasal spray vaccine is back. Dr. "This includes children who are getting vaccinated for the first time, as well as those who have only received one dose in their lifetime". And for those anxious that flu shots will give them the flu, they don't, according to the CDC. Still, despite the vaccine's performance, health officials continue to recommend the yearly flu shot as it offers more protection against the flu than skipping the vaccine. The shots are covered by most insurance plans.

October is the official start of flu season.

US health officials are trying to increase the rate of flu vaccinations this year after a severe outbreak last season killed a record number of children and led to spot shortages of antiviral medications like Tamiflu. The previous high, in an analysis extending more than 30 years, was 56,000.

Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, supported by Kent County Council, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses. The shot protects you until March and you'll have to get another one the next month. "So I'm not just talking about vaccinating that child or that patient that's right in front of me". During last winter's flu season, vaccines barely worked at all in keeping seniors out of the hospital, with roughly 24 percent effectiveness. What we have is a good but not great influenza vaccine. Of those who died, 42 percent were known to have been vaccinated, and 58 percent were either not vaccinated or had no documentation of flu vaccine, said to DHHS spokesman Cobey Culton. There has also been a push for providers to offer flu shots to patients who come in for non-flu related reasons.

Manitobans are once again being asked to roll up their sleeves and get the annual flu shot. But the symptoms only lasted for a day. If I got the flu, I'd be able to fight it.

Past year the Middletown Health Department had to hold an emergency flu clinic after an aggressive season.

Record numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July.

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