Flu vaccine clinic set for October 13

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Petty Officer 3rd class Tiffany Long administers the influenza vaccination to Chief Petty Officer Romeo Mortel aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) on October 28, 2004. Annual flu shots are available as a trivalent shot and quadrivalent shot. But still, some people end up coming down with the flu shot. "So, this is the ideal time before we get a lot of flu out there to make sure that you're protected or that your family is protected".

Influenza is very common in the winter. If you catch the virus right after getting the flu shot, it's just a coincidence.

Student health will be offering two more flu shot clinics next week on Thursday Oct. 19, and on Friday Oct. 20.

The immunization clinic will be open weekdays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when the clinic's hours will be 1-8 p.m. The flu shot is still the best way for seniors to protect themselves.

Vaccination appointments may be made for the flu shot beginning Monday.

"I like all of the assistance and benefits that Student Health has available", Katheryn Goodrich, Undeclared Sophomore, said.

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Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the vaccine for people 6 months of age and older, those at the highest risk are strongly advised to ask their doctor about it, including children, pregnant women, adults older than 65, and individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions.

With Influenza season just beginning across much of the US, health experts are warning the country may not be prepared for a major outbreak of the virus.

"Global trends show that the H3N2 virus is likely to be part of Nova Scotia's flu season, a strain of influenza that can be particularly severe in the elderly", said Strang. Even mild symptoms can spread the flu. "We had 16 positive diagnoses past year".

"Getting vaccinated against flu every year is the single best way to protect against catching or spreading what is a potentially debilitating illness".

They are sending out letters to healthcare workers across England urging them to get vaccinated as soon as possible, to reduce the risk of them passing on the flu virus to vulnerable patients, especially older people and those with breathing problems such as asthma, pneumonia and emphysema.