Flu season is here, officials recommend vaccination

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The NHS is "more scared than we have ever been" about the risks of a heavy flu season this winter, amid fears the vaccination may fail to protect the elderly.

The County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday the number of influenza cases reported this season is pacing 3-to-1 over last year's numbers.

The month of October means that flu season is just around the corner. The only exclusions are for people who have documented severe reactions to prior vaccinations.

Trinity County Public Health will begin its annual countywide seasonal influenza campaign today.

The flu, also called influenza, is a disease cause by the influenza virus.

The influenza (flu) season is upon us and Trinity County Public Health urges everyone 6 months of age and older to get their flu vaccination.

Nationwide, last flu season flu activity peaked in mid-March, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But why people need their flu shot every year? So, this time of year, It's really important for seniors to learn the facts about the flu vaccine. "Vaccination for those not insured through University is available at $20", said Megan Nichols, a nurse at the Health Services Office.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

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For the first time, year four children will be offered the vaccine in a school setting, along with children in reception and years one, two and three.

Currently, the flu vaccine protects against pandemic H1N1, influenza A H3N2and influenza B strains.

The quadrivalent vaccines are created to protect against the already mentioned viruses plus an additional B virus. Testing for the flu depends on which stage the virus is at in a person's body.

"It's important to get your vaccine especially if you are at higher risk for complications". By following this policy, you will help to protect the people you are visiting from getting a potentially serious illness.

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who are "super-spreaders" of the virus. There have been a few cases in North Carolina already. About 33 percent of the population in 38 states gets vaccinated.

When the State Health Department announced that there would be cutbacks to the popular "stop flu at school program" - many parents were concerned.

"The sooner they get the vaccine, the sooner they're going to be protected", said Chafe. He reassured that research has shown no risk at all and emphasized that doctors have improved knowledge about the vaccine over the past decades.

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