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Is the flu shot or nasal spray better to vaccinate kids?

Flu rates have been 'unseasonably low' in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet 123RFFlu rates have been 'unseasonably low' in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet
Gustavo Carr | 10 October, 2018, 13:57

Thousands of primary-age schoolchildren in Staffordshire will soon be benefitting from their annual flu vaccination ahead of the winter season.

The corporate offices for Walgreens and CVS, both of which offer flu shots, didn't respond to a query about the specific vaccinations they provide.

After last year's deadly flu season, the Center for Disease Control is urging people to get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. Thus, a well-advertised vaccination program would heavily benefit all communities on Grounds, especially due to the heightened risk for flu that many college students suffer. "Because of this, I encourage Manitobans to protect themselves, as well as others, by getting their no-charge flu immunization this fall". People with an egg allergy may be at an increased risk of a reaction since some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

NHS Scotland workers and carers are also offered the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus to the vulnerable. Of those who died, 42 percent were known to have been vaccinated, and 58 percent were either not vaccinated or had no documentation of flu vaccine, said to DHHS spokesman Cobey Culton.

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According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 Americans died past year from the influenza and its complications. In addition to the slightly unpredictable nature of this virus, it takes up to six months to create the vaccinations and ship them off to medical providers. Some people are unable to receive a flu vaccine, and having those around them vaccinated helps protect them from influenza.

"What I always want to remind people about is the fact that once you get a flu shot, it takes several weeks before your body responds to it in a way that will make you able to fight off the flu", Dunn said. The province's immunization rate of 29 per cent for the 2017-2018 flu season was up slightly from 27 per cent the year previous. "Antiviral medications that attack the flu virus work best when administered early and speed your path to recovery".

Flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly.

The vaccine significantly reduces the risk of infection with flu and, even if you manage to get sick, the illness will pass in a very mild form, says an expert.

A possible reason for the relatively low number of cases could be that there was a good level of immunity to the circulating H1N1 strain, she said. That's the thing with influenza.