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Getting The Flu Shot Is Still Your Best Protection

Getting The Flu Shot Is Still Your Best Protection

According to this report by the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of people with the flu reached over two hundred and fifteen thousand by the middle of October in Australia, almost three times more than the H1N1 pandemic almost a decade ago.

"What we do know is that the more people who get the vaccine, the fewer people get sick, the milder the flu season is for everyone", said Dr. John Marshall of Maimonides Medical Center.

This season, the CDC advises that only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended. Flu season is underway and it's already widespread in four states, including Georgia.

Nationally, three states, in addition to MA, are seeing widespread cases of the flu.

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Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"They usually formulate the vaccinations based on the last year's outbreak", says Spicer. Health officials stress that an annual flu shot can still help lessen the severity of illness, and for people at high risk of complications from flu, it can be a life saver.

The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Doctors typically look south to get an idea of what's coming. "Even if it's not a ideal match, it's very important, not just for yourself, but also to protect those with whom you may come in contact - including babies too young to get vaccinated and people who have weakened immune systems".