It also helps you prevent spreading the flu to others, especially those who might be more likely to have serious illness from the flu.
Health professionals urge people to get vaccinated. Some 70,000 people in the United States died from flu last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ott says it is particularly important to receive the flu shot to protect those within society who cannot receive the flu shot as well as those who are immune compromised.
Health officials also reported 183 flu-related deaths among children, although the CDC estimates the actual number of deaths was more than 600.
However, the nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, is made from weakened but live virus cells and may cause flu-like symptoms.
"You may have a few days after you get your flu shot where you perhaps aren't feeling 100 percent", Han said.
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Ott says only about 1 to 2 percent of people who get a flu shot will have fever as a side effect.
California State University, East Bay's Student Health Services held a walk-in flu shot clinic between October 30 and 31 at the Student Health Center on the Hayward campus.
Avoid people who appear sick. Kevin Legge, a U-I pathology professor, says they're working in stages and are trying to flawless a multi-year flu shot first. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester.
Ott maintains the flu vaccine is indeed safe and has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946.
10, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Health, New Orleans Department of Health and New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps will offer flu shots at Joe Brown Park (5601 Read Blvd.).
Along with receiving the flu shot, Ott says it is important to: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose, ears and mouth with unclean hands, cough into a tissue or your sleeve, keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, avoid hand shakes and try not to use other people's phones, computers or work tools.