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If it's fall, it's time for your flu shot

If it's fall, it's time for your flu shot

The CDC, Center for Disease Control, tracks the various strains of the flu and change the vaccines to help fight the most common strains that are found each year.

In Texas, flu season generally runs from October to April and doctors say right now is the prime time to get vaccinated against the flu, along with practicing good hand hygiene.

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The CDC recommends anyone over 65 get a high-dosage trivalent shot.

"The flu shot is your best defence against the flu", said Richard Hesch, a public health nurse at the health unit.

So, make plans to get your shot now.

"This year's flu season is just beginning". Others contain no virus at all.

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Officials also cautioned people about potential health hazards when they flush medicines in the toilet or throw them in the trash. Information for safe disposal of such material can be found by contacting the Mille Lacs Health Systems at (320) 532-3154.

Grand River Hospital holds weeklong flu vaccine clinics at both its Freeport and K-W sites, and people can also get the flu shot at the pharmacy at K-W Hospital and in the hospital's occupational health office.

People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than six months. "And you want to get that protection for yourself and others before the flu is in our community".

Regardless of flu season or not, medical experts have continued to sound the alarm against using your cell phone on the toilet. According to the CDC, immunity received from flu vaccination can vary by person, but studies suggest that immunity lasts through a full flu season for most people.

CDC does not recommend use of the nasal spray vaccine again this season since a study past year showed that it was not effective in preventing infection when compared to the injection. If you are attending a public flu vaccine event where privacy may be minimal, consider wearing an undershirt in case you have to remove your outer long-sleeve shirt. They also analyzed matched cohorts of children selected based on receipt of either a LAIV or an IIV during the 2015-2016 season and assessed the differences in flu shot rates between the cohorts for the 2016-2017 season.

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