Thousands of Kent toddlers missing out on free flu vaccine

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Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis and pneumonia. He said flu strains always are out there, 365 days a year, readjusting and reforming.

"Some protection is better than no protection", Kern County Public Health Services Department spokeswoman Michelle Corson said, stressing the importance of the vaccination.

While so far the vaccine has seemed to be effective here, Shelton said, even if it doesn't stop an individual from getting the flu, it does ease the severity and length of the bout.

"Even though we're seeing an increase in cases right now, this might not be the end, " she said.

"That's when people get together in small spaces sharing germs, ' Hall said".

Since September, there have been 106 lab-confirmed flu cases in the province, two intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and two outbreaks in long-term care facilities (LTC).

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Dr. Karen Shelton, the health director for the Mt. Rogers Health District, said Thursday marked a change in the presence of influenza across the commonwealth.

And past year, Louisiana was among the states with the lowest number of people getting the flu vaccine.

This flu season is beginning earlier than the previous couple of years, which had unusually late starts. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said.

All more the reason, health officials said, to get the flu shot ahead of the holiday season to protect you and the ones you love. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. So does that mean it will be the same for the flu vaccine in the U.S.?

The 10 percent figure is mainly due to the fact that the flu virus that hit Australia this year, whose flu season coincides with the US summertime, was the H3N2 strain. So make sure you visit your GP when offered the nasal spray vaccine (for pre-school children) or complete the consent form so your child can have the vaccine at school (for four to eight year olds). Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. It takes roughly two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after the vaccine is administered, health officials say.

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