Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Shots

A $6'budget vaccine was used in the national vaccination program despite claims it does not adequately protect those most at risk such as the elderly

Now is the best time to get your flu shot.

The registered nurse has for weeks spent hours pushing a cart around the hospital, vaccinating employees and volunteers against the seasonal flu.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can reduce influenza illness, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to the flu.

It's true that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine fluctuates from year to year and that it's less effective than other vaccines because flu viruses rapidly evolve.

Oeding said anyone over 6 months old should receive a flu vaccine, but some populations are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

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"Anyone can get the flu; however, some people are more susceptible to having very severe complications from the flu", said Tulsa Health Department spokesperson Leanne Stephens.

Uninsured individuals can expect to pay $25 for a regular dose flu shot and $55 for a high dose vaccine for those who are ages 65 or older. The viruses in the flu shot are inactivated (i.e., killed) which means they can not cause infection. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. However, different viruses are responsible for the two illnesses, and the flu is more serious than a cold.

Fall brings changing leaves and pumpkins - and the beginning of flu season.

That's right on track for a normal flu season.

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