Get a flu shot now - for your benefit and your neighbors’

Pharmacist Megan King right administers a flu shot to Mike Lambert inside the Walgreens at 9077 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City Tuesday

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all individuals age 6 months and older get a flu vaccination to protect them from developing the flu.

"Based on the Southern Hemisphere's recent milder flu season, which runs opposite to our flu season and often predicts the outcome here, we are anticipating a less severe flu season in the USA this year", says Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "And then, also, giving the opportunity for anyone to get the flu vaccine regardless of insurance reduces barriers to getting a vaccine".

The result: More than 79,000 people died, close to 1 million ended up in the hospital and 48 million people got sick.

This year, CDC officials are hoping to boost vaccine coverage by helping doctors and nurses make a strong case to their patients for a flu shot. Though Ralph's carries the flu vaccine with four strains included, they have not had any issues keeping enough doses in stock.

While there are a lot of myths around getting a flu shot, the real danger is in contracting the illness. This year's flu vaccine has been reformulated to block two newer strains of flu identified last winter, and early indications are that it is a good match for the coming season in the U.S.

For parents, there's a handy guide for treating children who get the flu containing tips and best practices from Hopkins pediatrician Pranita Tamma.

Influenza vaccines are notoriously poor at preventing infection, but last year's flu vaccine lowered the risk of infection by about 40 percent.

Sometimes, if you get your shot late in the game, a flu virus might enter your body during the two-week period you need to build up resistance. Adult flu deaths are estimated but the CDC counts every child who dies of flu. That can happen. But, its most likely that your symptoms were much milder than those whod not been vaccinated. "Last year was one of the more severe years for influenza".

You might even consider getting the vaccine to be a civic duty.

There is no risk of getting the flu from the influenza vaccine.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Stay home if you are sick. This year, both the injectable and nasal spray versions of the vaccine are available.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports a man in his forties tested positive for influenza when he was admitted to the hospital.

Several pharmacy employees around the metro said their clients reported it was hard to get into a doctor's office to get the vaccine or that some already said their physician ran out of doses.

31 percent said the flu made them miss time with family, 28 percent on plans with friends, 16 percent on exercise, and 15 percent on entertainment.

Even if you can't get to your doctor or pharmacy by the end of October, you should still get the flu vaccine. Better advice: Get the flu vaccine!

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