Don't forget to get your flu shot


Don't forget to get your flu shot

The vaccine has been around for a few years, but officials hope its availability through the health department will allow more older people to know about it and have access to it.

Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, appeared on KARE-TV to talk about the flu and what we can expect this year.

The CDC further reports that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can change from year to year, because the virus can be hard to predict. TIME also notes that making effective flu vaccines can be more difficult than consumers sometimes realize.

And no, regardless of the myth that is so often heard at this time of the year, the flu vaccine doesn't cause those who take it to develop influenza.

"Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart".

Five companies make flu vaccine for the US market.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older.

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Photo/David Goldman A nurse prepares a flu shot.

"The CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older", said Vonda Pruitt, director of nursing for the health department. One vaccine that's been off the market for a couple years is back this year. Therefore, ADH strongly recommends that people in these groups get a flu vaccine.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

Some school districts, such as in Palm Beach County, have already started social media campaigns to spread awareness of the coming flu season and have begun programs to offer shots for children.

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➜ 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Presence Merkle-Knipprath in Clifton. For information, visit the health department's website at



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