High dose flu vaccines recommended for seniors

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older receive the vaccine each each.

It's flu season in Oklahoma.

The warnings come as the CDC began its annual campaign to encourage Americans to get their flu shots before the virus begins spreading during the fall and winter. "In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tragically thousands or tens of thousands die from flu each year", Dr. Jernigan said in a recent interview. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

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Also, the local health unit administers the flu vaccine from 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with no appointment. Last season, 59% of children between the ages of 6 months to 17 years received a flu shot, as did 43.3% of adults 18 years of age and older.

They are available at county health departments across the state. Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza virus.

Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it.

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To date there have been 221 cases reported this "flu season", with one fatality, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

According to the latest report by the MoH, deaths as a result of influenza have reduced over the past three years, with the 2017 season seeing eight cases of deaths so far, compared with 2015, which recorded 25 deaths. About 5 percent to 20 percent of the US population gets the flu each year. "You can prevent missing work or school, visits to the doctor or hospitalizations, and protecting others from coming down with the flu".

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches.

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