Flu shots are available at your primary care provider's office and many local pharmacies.
Further, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Associated Press that: "We don't know what's going to happen, but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia". Flu vaccine will protect you from certain strains of influenza but it can not prevent flu caused by other virus strains not covered by the vaccine or illnesses that look like influenza, but are not. The seasonal quadrivalent vaccine also includes influenza B vaccine virus, a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage).
The warnings come as the CDC began its annual campaign to encourage Americans to get their flu shots before the virus begins spreading during the fall and winter. "Influenza can generate severe complications, including death, especially for people with underlying medical conditions".
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In Idaho, a state resident has died in what health officials are saying is their first flu death of the season. Some clinics require an appointment, others will give flu shots to walk-ins. A year ago the first flu-related death in Idaho occurred in December, and a total of 72 individuals in the state died due to flu-related illnesses. Since September 1st, state health officials report 13 flu cases across Oklahoma. Getting a flu shot can not cause you to get influenza.
An 86-year-old San Diego man who had not been vaccinated died on October 1.
221 cases have been reported this "flu season, " as of Wednesday with one fatality, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
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The number of influenza cases so far this fall is more than triple what it was at this point previous year, San Diego County health officials reported Wednesday.
It also helps with "herd immunity", by cutting down on the number of cases that can spread to the most vulnerable population - the elderly, the very young and those with chronic health problems.
Flu shots are not flawless, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.
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