Vaccination is the best defense against the "Flu"

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The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, some pharmacies and Park County Public Health.

Mississippi's first laboratory-confirmed case of flu was reported Tuesday, and it is now all the more important to make sure your entire family gets their flu shots if they have not already, said Dr. Dobbs. People at high risk of serious complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and people 65 years and older.

Of course, the flu shot isn't ideal - the CDC says its effectiveness varies, generally reducing your risk by 40 to 60 percent. Explain why the flu is more serious and why vaccinations are crucial.

With the holiday season here, health officials in Kentucky are urging people to take steps to help prevent spreading the flu. "Nationally, about 80 percent of the pediatric deaths were in children who were not vaccinated against the flu".

Young children and the elderly are at higher risk of getting severe illness, Webby said: "So by getting vaccinated, you're not just protecting yourself, but also, through herd immunity, you're protecting others". Early signs are that this coming year might be dominated by the H1N1 strain, for which the flu vaccine tends to have higher effectiveness rates.

Early rates of flu-like illnesses this season appear similar to those rates from previous year.

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"That's the strain that's a little bit better match to our vaccine", he said.

This third Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in New Jersey. It may also eliminate the need to get a flu shot every year. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women, get a flu vaccine. "The past two flu seasons have been predominately H-3-N-2 strain which is more likely to target seniors".

This means, people often benefit from receiving the right information, at the right time, from a healthcare provider they trust.

There is evidence the flu can be milder and briefer in those who have been vaccinated against the flu. How can you encourage them to get vaccinated?

Now, with a new flu season upon us, we have a chance to honor the memories of these and so many others by reducing the toll that flu takes on our nation.

Flu activity is starting to increase across the United States, so if you have not yet had your flu vaccine, now is the time!

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