Flu season on the horizon

The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally including the Flu A

The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally including the Flu A

With an early flu season anticipated by officials, the time to protect you and your loved ones from the seasonal flu virus is now.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, said: "I strongly encourage everyone in vulnerable groups to get the flu vaccine as we head into winter".

Although flu experts knew it was a rough season previous year, they had no idea how bad it actually was.

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The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), which manages the national influenza surveillance programme on behalf of the Ministry of Health, has extended the monitoring period for another month after a late season spike.

Chris Faldon, nurse consultant at NHS Borders, said: "Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease".

"Some people might feel a bit under the weather after a flu shot - muscle aches or an achy arm at the injection site, but it is not possible to contract the flu from a flu shot", says Webster. Students and faculty will only need their insurance cards since most companies cover the flu shot.

Between 2010-2014, the Center for Disease Control was able to estimate that anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 people die annually from the flu and related complications, but deaths are hard to track.

The flu vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served basis for patients 18 and over. "But, you might develop flu-like symptoms - despite getting a flu vaccine - for a variety of [other] reasons". Which shows why you should consider getting a flu shot.

The flu vaccine remains the best defence against flu and will be offered to around 2.5 million people this year, including those with health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and children aged two-11. And people who may have an allergy to the vaccine. People now have the option of getting the nasal spray vaccine this season instead of a needle. "Reported coverage was consistently higher among health care personnel working in hospital settings than among those working in other settings; health care personnel working in hospital settings were also the most likely to report workplace vaccination requirements". "It's hard to compare vaccines, because every year the flu changes". Medical experts have stated Thursday is the beginning of flu season as all Americans should prepare to get the vaccine.

She said sometimes myths surrounding the flu vaccine will keep some people from getting one, so it's important to be able to separate fact from fiction.

This year, the CDC said the vaccine has updated the flu vaccines to better match circulating viruses.

This year, new locations were added to the list of vaccination sites, including the Business School and the Eaton Residential College patio.

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