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Deciding to protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated.

A flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older. Two of which are of the A type influenza virus strains which consist of 18 different hemagglutinin subtypes and 11 different neuraminidase subtypes.

This year, getting that shot could be especially important, shown by a country across the world.

Wake County is offering a weekly flu shot clinic, starting this Thursday.

Cost is $25, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Children's vaccine will be available for $5. "It gives people another reason to come to Walgreens for a flu shot, because they're not just doing good for themselves and their families, they're also doing good for others".

Professor Sarah Gilbert, an expert in vaccinology at Oxford University said: "Every year, flu in older adults causes serious illness and sometimes death". Unfortunately, sometimes by the time the vaccine has been made, the strain of virus that is causing illness has changed, and the vaccine doesn't work well.

Coos Health and Wellness will take walk-ins for flu vaccinations provided they have the staff available. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments.

To help prevent the spread of influenza to people in high risk groups, those who live with people in a high risk group and healthcare workers should also receive an annual influenza vaccine.

Most notably, only injectable flu shots are recommended this year.

According to the federal Centers for Disease and Prevention Control, the flu season across the nation typically begins to pick up steam in late October and early November; it does seem as if the flu season struck OR relatively late last year, but that's no guarantee that we won't get hit earlier this year.

People of all ages can get the flu.

"I've seen some predictions, coming out of Australia, because their season is opposite ours, and they've had increased activity", said Kim Stanchfield.

The CDC recently released updated recommendations for this flu season. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. Children who develop flu symptoms should not be treated with aspirin, as it can lead to Reye's Syndrome.

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