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Doctors promote flu shots among widespread reports of disease Cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze: It's not too late to get your flu shot, Summit County health officials say
Isabel Fisher | 28 December, 2017, 01:15

Fact: Simply put, a flu shot is the best protection you can get.

Flu viruses are easily shared at family gatherings, said Dr. Robert Kezirian a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Valley Children's Hospital.

Health officials are anxious, with so many people traveling for Christmas and New Year's, cases of the flu will skyrocket.

He says this is a very serious disease that can lead to many different body complications, and in some cases death. Here's what you need to know about the 2017 flu shot's effectiveness-and the upcoming sick season in general. This leaves much room for improvement in vaccination rates. If last year's flu activity is any indication, flu levels won't peak until after the new year.

And even though the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, doctors say that's not a good enough excuse for you not to get vaccinated, especially since Louisiana is suffering from a "widespread" threat this year. As recently as, last week a 26-year-old West Virginia woman died from complications of the flu.

Myth: Flu shots are only for really sick people.
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Their findings echo the report last week from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that the flu was surging around the country.


Business leaders also can help increase employee participation in on-site flu shot clinics by educating their workplace on the importance of the flu shot and helping to dispel common misconceptions associated with the shot.

So far 43% of you say you're going downhill, but the remaining 57% say you're doing just fine.

They are taking appointments now for anyone who still needs a flu vaccine.

H3N2 was the most common strain seen in Australia and the vaccine used there has a similar composition to the one being now used in the U.S. In previous years, the effectiveness rates of flu shots has been between 40 to 60 percent.

For those age 65 and older, a high-dose version of the flu vaccine is recommended and available.

Flu vaccines also take up to two weeks to take effect, which means you are still vulnerable to contracting the virus during this window of time.

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