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This comes on the same day a national campaign kicked off to raise awareness of the dangers of the virus.

UI freshman Hannah Peterson, who gets a flu shot every year, said she attributes her health throughout the season to the vaccine. But what if ― for whatever insane reason ― going to the doctor and getting a shot doesn't just naturally put you in a sunny mood?

"Vaccine effectiveness ranges somewhere between 40 and 60 percent each year", said Price. The time is nigh to vaccinate yourself and prevent a miserable, painful bout of influenza for you, your loved ones, your colleagues, your neighbors, and even people you don't like that much. "Which are pretty good odds".

Shots will also be offered at the NBHH Women's Health event on October 12 at 5:30 p.m. Shots administered at the event cost $32, but are not billable to insurance.

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"We now produce an ample supply of vaccine and vaccine options", said Dr. Australia, which experiences its flu season in summer because it's in the southern hemisphere, has been hard hit this year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated. Getting the flu will cause you to miss work or school, along with your favorite activities. She also tries to drink extra water during flu season. Show your support of your fellow community members and get your flu vaccine.

What are other ways we can reduce our chances of getting sick? "It's like just an bad feeling". After the vaccine is administered, it can take up to two weeks for antibodies to develop to protect against the flu.

"If you're in any of the at-risk groups the flu vaccine is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes".

In 2009, when the virus first grew into a pandemic it was a latecomer to the season, so scientists didn't have enough time to include it in that year's vaccine, said Alexandra Hayes, immunization outreach program coordinator for the health district.

Children under the age of 6, pregnant women and adults 65 or older are at high risk for serious flu complications like inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues or multi-organ failure. Patsy Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, who specializes in vaccine-preventable diseases at Children's Minnesota health system, told reporters, "We're good at vaccinating younger kids, but vaccinating your teenager is just as important".

"This is potentially the worst winter since the Hong Kong flu outbreak of 1968".

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. They're especially vulnerable to flu's unsafe complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

"Sometimes the flu can just be very invasive", said Robinson. "In reality, the risk of flu is far greater to the fetus and there's zero risk from a flu shot". Do not go out visiting others or to public events or businesses.

Do you need one every year?

A mass flu clinic will be held today at the White County Health Unit with reports of the flu having already been confirmed in Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Health. 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., November 22 from 3 p.m.to 6 p.m. and December 5 from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. "The vaccine is available in many places, so there's no reason to not get vaccinated".