Flu Shots Vs. Nasal Spray Vaccines - What’s The Difference?

The Durham Region health department is encouraging all residents over six months to get the flu shot

"You can get the flu from the flu shot because it uses the virus".

And the vaccine doesn't just benefit the person who receives it. Most of the vaccines this year will be quadrivalent, as well, meaning they will protect against four different strains of the virus.

People with an underlying health condition such as diabetes, bronchitis, COPD, heart disease or multiple sclerosis are advised to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible.

Flu season runs from October until May, peaking in January and February. Lastly and most importantly, influenza vaccines are safe and have minimal side effects.

Every year, a vaccine offers protection, but fewer than half of all adults get one.

More than 80,000 people died from the flu a year ago in the United States. This virus spreads very quickly and can exhibit mild or severe symptoms.

Cayman's Public Health Department was encouraging everyone on Monday (5 November), from visitors to residents, to get vaccinated against flu.

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Signs of a potentially serious case of the flu include high fever, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, significant tiredness or confusion, and feeling better then getting worse.

You can have your flu jab at your GP surgery or local pharmacy and for those who are most at risk of suffering serious consequences if they catch the flu, the vaccination is free - it‟s free because you need it.

In summary, my unsolicited advice is that you should go get your influenza vaccine and to also immunize your kids. Although people 65 and older make up only 15 percent of the USA population, on average they account for about 60 percent of the hospitalizations and 90 percent of the deaths attributed to seasonal flu. Adults with weakened immune systems or young kids can spread the infection to others for even longer times.

But exactly how strong the shot should be, and whether additional injections would boost immunity, requires more study.

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season, and carving pumpkins turns into carving turkeys and decking the halls, we all need to be reminded and aware of the uninvited guest: Influenza. Vaccines can and should continue to be given as requested throughout the influenza season, the CDC said.

While we call it "the flu" in general, influenza can actually be caused by various strains, which evolve.

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