Town's 'big shots' get flu shots

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Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

"Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children - three of which were in MS", said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. Fristo says the only people who shouldn't get their flu shots are people who had allergic reactions to it in the past. Plus, a child in Florida has already died from the flu. "And because we as health care providers have no idea of knowing who is going to get very sick from the flu, that's why we tell everyone to get the shot to protect themselves and their families".

Anyone six months and older can get the flu shot at the Public Health Centre or at a pharmacy for those who are five years and up.

An unvaccinated Florida child has become the first reported fatality of this year's flu season.

The flu study, which analyzed data from over 2 million pregnant women, also found that "more than 80 percent of pregnancies overlapped with flu season, underscoring the likelihood that pregnant women will be exposed to flu at some point during their pregnancy".

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Last year's flu season was the deadliest in at least four decades, 80-thousand people died of the flu and its complications. And the vaccine has been altered to make it more effective. It is unknown whether the woman had underlying health conditions or whether she'd received a flu shot. "If you're pregnant get vaccinated, because it will protect you and it will help protect your baby when the baby's born".

"It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can".

There are various flu vaccines available for the 2018-19 season. "A flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others", the CDC warns. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year.

"We're happy to have as many options out there as we can get", said Brammer. Its symptoms can include a fever, runny nose, cough and headache.

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