Health department urges flu shots


Though you may still get some side effects: runny nose, a sore throat or a cough those symptoms are limited and not the actual flu. For children, the CDC says the vaccine can be life-saving and reduces the risk for hospitalization.

It's once again time to get yourself and your family vaccinated against the flu.

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

The vaccine, which is also available as a mist, is recommended for adults of all ages and children 6 months and older, she said.

Berg said the nasal spray, called FluMist, was previously approved, but the recommendation was removed two years ago when the CDC's vaccines advisory committee received some data that questioned the nasal spray's effectiveness against the H1N1 strand. Meanwhile, Delaware is reporting its first cases of the season, a month earlier than past year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend any influenza vaccine over another as "preferred".

It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet.

Officials are encouraging people to get flu shots as soon as possible. These groups include pregnant women, children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

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Health officials want people to be vaccinated before flu season hits, and in several recent years the illness has ramped up in some parts of the country as early as November. "The vaccine was not as effective as in previous years".

Websites such as can help locate where doses are available in your neighborhood.

People can receive a flu vaccine at many pharmacies, their doctor's office, the Polk County Health Department and more. "This shot has triple the antigens in it, so it gives a better immune response to the flu", Aigner said.

The vaccine is free of charge, but the public is asked to bring insurance cards.

HealthWatch Home Health will be offering Flu Shots at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., on from 11 1 p.m. Thursday.

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Sometimes, some individuals simply aren't protected from the virus despite getting vaccinated. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins".