Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

Laura Sidari and her family prioritized getting the flu shot after her 4-year-old son left died last year of influenza

Laura Sidari and her family prioritized getting the flu shot after her 4-year-old son left died last year of influenza

There is no way you can get the flu.

The Arkansas Department of Health says the person was between the ages of 45 and 64 and had not been vaccinated.

According to the official figures, of those who ended up in hospital with the flu, 119 people were critically ill and needed intensive care, and 22 of those people died. Influenza is often quite serious for seniors.

A local doctor has advised over 65s they may not get their flu vaccine as early this year, due to supply issues.

But it takes two weeks for your body to build up flu-fighting antibodies after you get the shot, so you may get sick during that time period. "Some years they get it right, and some years not so much, but still getting the vaccine will lessen your symptoms and duration of illness if you do get the flu".

"If you are entitled to a free vaccine, that is because you need it".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone six months and older should receive an annual flu vaccination.

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As for the vaccine, some people worry the vaccine actually gives people the flu.

Dr Walters believes many are suspicious about their unrelated sniffles around the time of getting the flu shot.

Committee chairman Norman Lamb said: 'The flu season is upon us again and it's outrageous that so few social care staff appear to be vaccinated. But those reactions don't mean the flu shot made you sick. This includes young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

The free flu vaccine is being offered to priority groups as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign. Ask your health care provider what preventative care is necessary for you based on age, gender, family history, and other health risk factors. The vaccine has an 88% efficacy rate and is strongly recommended by the World Health Organization.

Getting vaccinated not only benefits you; it benefits everyone. She also said that factors such as "lack of sleep, stress [and] not eating well" compromise students' immune systems, making them more vulnerable to the flu.

In Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) uses the WHO information to help inform its recommendations on the vaccine to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Paul Downey, a senior advocate, is Serving Seniors' President and CEO.

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