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Flu shots available at health department

Flu shots available at health department

Though the injectable vaccine is preferred, federal health officials have approved the use of a nasal spray flu vaccine this season. As the 2018-19 flu season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started reminding the public to get flu shots.

The good news is many people don't have to pay anything.

Bon Secours is offering free flu shots during their annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Day event on September 29, from 8-11 a.m.at four of their locations: Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View.

A government program also pays for shots for low-income children.

The CDC further reports that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can change from year to year, because the virus can be hard to predict. TIME also notes that making effective flu vaccines can be more difficult than consumers sometimes realize.

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Olga Martinez is just one of the many mothers in Laredo taking advantage of the flu vaccination clinics.

Vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

"You have to be at least 2 years of age, and no older than 49". That's not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older.

Aigner said scientists monitor predominant flu strains each year to modify the vaccine.

According to the CDC, flu viruses are most common in fall and winter. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe.

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Of the 180 children who died in the a year ago, 80 percent, or 144 of them, did not receive the vaccine during the season, the CDC said.

The flu is unpredictable, and Baber said she's not sure what the upcoming season holds.

Flu vaccines are either made from inactive or weakened live viruses, depending on the method of manufacturing and delivery. The others protect against three.

It estimates anywhere from 9.2 to 35.6 million people get illnesses from the flu each year.

"The best way to safeguard yourself from the serious health risks posed by the flu virus, is to quite simply, get vaccinated", said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

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