Join Blue and Prevent the Flu - National Influenza Vaccination Week

Is the flu shot effective

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Comal County Office of Public Health is using the occasion to remind residents that flu shots are still available.

"Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified immunizers, they can be a patient's first line of defense", stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season. But a new study is raising doubts about this year's flu shot.

"If it's a bad flu season you'll probably have one out of two, one out of four chance of getting the flu".

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and while experts say the vaccine may not be as effective this season as they had hoped, it can still minimize symptoms. He said this year's vaccine should work.

New auto sales in Britain drop off
Crossovers continue to dominate too, with the Qashqai, Sportage and Kuga all finding themselves in the monthly top ten once again. Just over 163,500 new cars were registered in November, down 11.2% against the same month a year ago as diesel sales fell 30.6%.

The report emphasized the need for a universal vaccine that would protect against all strains of the virus that kills some 36,000 in the United States each year.

According to the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control says confirmed cases are at just over 7,000.

Other means of preventing the disease include avoiding close contact with sick people, staying home when you feel sick and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. He said it's important to always wash your hands.

Those most at risk include the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems.

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