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Students should get their annual flu shots early

Students should get their annual flu shots early

Professor Murphy said it wasn't a very nasty flu, but of "moderate severity".

Did you know that your age puts you at a higher risk for serious complications of the flu?

For more information about this year's flu vaccine or for a schedule of walk-in hours call the Trumbull Health Department at 203-452-1030.

"We urge everyone to get their kids immunised against the flu and ask only that our privacy is respected and our family given time and space to grieve", Mr Brealey said.

The childhood flu vaccine programme is being expanded in Wales to include children in school year 4 in 2017/18, and all primary school children the following season. As a courtesy, the county will bill an insurance company, but individuals seeking a flu shot should check with their insurance provider to determine whether they are covered.

It's also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy.

In an average year, influenza is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, killing about 3000 people, more than twice the road toll. People with weakened immune systems or those living in long-term care facilities are also at risk.

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Dr Linda Diggle, head of preventive programmes, said that children aged five and below are two to three times more likely to contract the virus than adults and once infected can remain contagious for longer.

"We are having a horror flu season, we have had 13,500 or thereabouts flu notifications to date".

Australia now offers free flu vaccinations to pregnant women.

The study's authors, two of whom are CDC researchers, saw a big difference when they looked at women who had miscarried within 28 days of getting a shot that included protection against swine flu, but it was only when the women also had had a flu shot the previous season.

Now in Australia, vaccines are free to those aged 65 years and older, pregnant women and those of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background, while everyone else must pay 11 Australian dollars (8.80 US dollars) plus the cost of a doctor's visit.

According to many local doctors, you can safely get your flu shots now. It is recommended that everyone over 6 months old receive a flu vaccination before the end of the month. Genetic comparisons, he says, would yield a better match. The good news is that was up 0.8% over the prior year and we have seen a 5-year trend of increased vaccination rates in the state among this age group.


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