When is the best time to get a flu shot this year?

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"The decision to have your child vaccinated against flu is yours of course, but we would like you to be fully informed of the advantages and disadvantages before making your decision once again this year". Until scientists create something more effective, the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and any associated illness. Getting the vaccine in late October means that the body is still strongly protected by the time that the flu season peaks in fall. "It is also critical for health care workers and people taking care of high-risk persons to be immunized".

The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated before the end of October, and note that babies older than six months should be vaccinated, and can be with either a shot or a nasal spray.

Fact #3 - The body can take up to two weeks to build the necessary antibodies to fight influenza.

It's still early in flu season, but the CDC is already warning people this could be another particularly nasty one.

A flu shot alternative is back on the table after the Center for Disease Control approved its use for this upcoming season.


Investigators in this study wanted to ascertain the extent to which gender itself-not just cultural and behavioral norms around gender- could affect the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse for England, said: "Faced with the worst flu season in a decade, NHS staff last winter did a remarkable job providing care for patients". Patients were included if they were at least 1-year-old and had seen a doctor within seven days of the onset of flu-like symptoms. Men are more likely than women to say they're planning on getting the shot (49% vs 44%) or have already gotten the shot (6% vs 4%). The AAP states that the FluMist is not effective against H1N1 flu strain and is less effective against H3N2 influenza virus.

According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics all eligible children should receive the flu shot and the spray mist is to be used only for children who refuse the shots or for paediatricians who have run out of the flu shots.

Summary of data to support the choice of influenza vaccination for adults in primary care is available online. "The virus any one year may be wearing one coat or wearing a different coat, and the vaccine manufactures and public health world tries to predict what coat that virus will be wearing". The vaccine is offered through local Global Positioning System and pharmacies. AREG is an Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)-like molecule that plays a critical role in wound and tissue healing following infection or injury.

Jill Baber is influenza surveillance coordinator with the health department.

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