Get Vaccinated Before Flu Takes Hold: CDC

Get Vaccinated Before Flu Takes Hold: CDC

While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

"Flu season begins in the beginning of October, and so, while it does seem early, it's not entirely unexpected".

Still, flu seasons can be unpredictable, so it's best to prepare as if it could be a bad season. Strains of the flu virus are constantly changing, so a new flu vaccine is made each year.

It's important for everyone to get vaccinated, Epperson said.

Anyone over 6 months old should be getting their flu shot, even if you haven't gotten the flu before.

One myth addressed: the flu shot can give you the flu. Many jurisdictions encourage the public to get the flu vaccine, which protects against both influenza A and B, officials said.

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Flu vaccine manufacturers report that there will be plenty of vaccine for this year's flu season.

Since babies under the age of 6 months can not be vaccinated, moms, dads and others who are around these infants should get vaccinated so the baby doesn't catch the flu, he said.

Amy said yes, she's doing it because her "little beauty" is immunocompromised, Lydia said "yes, too many people I love have cancer and respiratory illnesses" and Kyle said he's not anti-vaccinations but he hasn't gotten one in the last 15 years and just makes sure he washes his hands a lot.

In people who do live in a nursing home or care facility, the flu vaccine is 50% to 60% effective in preventing hospitalization and 80% effective in preventing death from a flu complication.

If you come down with flu, you should see your doctor for a prescription for antiviral drugs, which can shorten the time you are sick, Epperson said.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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