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"While the flu is unpredictable, what is predictable is that getting your annual flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the flu, and from spreading it to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers".

Flu season typically peaks December through March.

Health professionals urge people to get vaccinated.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

"I encourage people, even if they don't necessarily want to get a flu shot for themselves, to do it for others, to do it for those they love and those who are in their circle", O'Neal said. Most major pharmacies are providing the vaccines to all people age five and up. Older men and women may, however, get extra protection from a single shot of high-dose flu vaccine.Outside of these groups in which safety and efficacy have been proven, one should not take a booster dose of influenza vaccine on the theory that it would be, at worst, harmless.

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"Flu-mist is a live virus, the one that people get in their nose, but we don't recommend it because it's a live virus and it's not as effective as the shot".

During the 2017-2018 flu season, DE recorded 9,041 flu cases, (including the above) the highest number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases since record keeping began in 2005, and 35 flu-related deaths. Even healthy people can become sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time, or even be hospitalized. The cost is $10.00 per shot for adults and children. You can track of how much flu is in the community by visiting here.

Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger. The top three least expensive places to receive your flu shot are Costco ($19.99), CVS ($22) and Sam's Club ($30).

Ott maintains the flu vaccine is indeed safe and has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946.

Wash your hands frequently.

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