In the past, it was only recommended that certain members of a population get the flu shot: the elderly and those with certain medical illnesses that were thought to most likely have a worse prognosis if they caught the flu.
The Florida Department of Health said flu activity has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks.
MidMichigan first established this policy during the 2012 flu season. Some doctors simply say the flu is peaking sooner this year, but the effectiveness of this year's flu shot is also a concern. "We do know the flu shot is very safe and is the best protection we have against influenza".
According to a report by the CDC, seven children have died nationwide and more than 850 people have been hospitals.
The Kern Public Health department is urging anyone who hasn't yet received a vaccination - especially those in high risk groups - to get the flu shot. The flu season is expected to be more severe than usual since the strain that is expected to circulate is H3N2, which historically has led to higher overall flu hospitalization and death rates.
"It allows your body to build up an immune system without actually getting sick", Games said.
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. She developed the flu and was treated with Tamiflu. Get your flu shot today and do your part in preventing a more serious flu outbreak for everyone.
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INFLUENZA - often abbreviated to flu - is a highly contagious virus that strikes down millions of Brits each year.
"C$3 irculating A (H3N2) viruses are antigenically less similar to egg-grown A (H3N2) viruses used for producing the majority of influenza vaccines in the United States", the CDC report said. However, this year the Southern Hemisphere has been a mixed bag, which means we can't say with certainty what's going to happen in the United States.
Since September, there have been 106 lab-confirmed flu cases in the province, two intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and two outbreaks in long-term care facilities (LTC).
McPhatter said H3N2 is included in this year's flu vaccine, but there are different strains of that subtype so it's too early to say how good of a match the vaccine is to the flu circulating in the community. There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
Thousands of two and three-year-olds in Kent have not been immunised against flu, despite being eligible for a free vaccine.
No. Some people do experience mild side effects from their flu shot - a low-grade fever and muscle aches aren't uncommon. The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.