NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

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Whether the myth that getting a flu shot gives you the flu or just a a general dislike of needles has kept you from getting a flu shot in the past, you should get one this season ASAP, health advocates say.

Its a quick prick to protect yourself from the flu all season long, but not all flu vaccines are the same.

According to the Mayo Clinic, over 3 million people in America catch the flu every year. For those under 18, the preferred vaccine also protects against an additional B influenza virus.

He said the health unit isn't proceeding differently this year, but there may be a time later in the season when he'll become concerned.

He said the health unit had not received its shipments of the vaccine as of Oct. 11, but they usually arrive towards the middle or end of October. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Speak with your doctor about whether you should get the vaccine each year.

Northcott said the Health Alliance will be having daily flu shot clinics for staff beginning October 19 until the end of November.

Local GPs are calling for the thousands of people, who are at high risk of medical complications from seasonal flu, to get the free flu jab this autumn.

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Since mothers who get vaccinated pass antibodies on to their babies during pregnancy, the flu shot helps protect the child after birth from the virus.

"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD.

"It's not 100 per cent, but certainly it decreases not only your chance of getting influenza [and spreading it] ... but it also decreases your risk of being hospitalized".

Other actions to prevent the spread of the flu include washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes and not reusing tissues and "staying home when you're sick", Passaretti said.

Both do carry a risk of mild side effects that can occur with the standard flu shot. The second reason is that experts annually review the formulation of the flu vaccine due to the viruses' constant changes.

For those over 65, it turns out you've got some options when it comes to these important vaccinations.

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