The flu vaccine does not give you the flu.
According to Campus Health's website, the 2018-2019 flu shot costs $27 without insurance. The answer is yes. Every year I get asked the same questions by patients about it, so I thought I would write a little summary to all the folks here in Hays County. The answer once again, is yes. Everyone who is eligible should aim to have their vaccine by early December, before flu activity generally increases. No, the flu shot does not cause the flu.
How do I know if I have a "Cold" or the flu? From 1976 to 2006, estimates of annual flu-associated deaths in the US ranged from 3,000 to almost 49,000 people. If there's a lot of flu in the community during flu season and you're presenting with symptoms, your doctor might decide to treat you without confirming you have the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations from influenza in the United States previous year. It's very frustrating. I follow this very, very closely and when you see so many people, especially elderly people, die of influenza complications, that is troublesome.
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According to the CDC, between 140,000 and 710,000 people have been hospitalized in the last eight years because of the flu.
Who is at high risk for the flu?
Can you get the flu from having a flu shot?
High-risk people include: children aged 6 months to 4 years, but especially those under two years; pregnant women; people aged 50 years and older; anyone with weakened immune systems and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart, kidney and lung diseases or diabetes, and obese individuals; and people living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 43 percent of adults age 18 and older got vaccinated during the 2016-17 season, coverage which dropped to about 37 percent last season.More news: Kim Kardashian apologises for using the 'R-word'
While the vaccine isn't ideal, it reduces the odds of getting sick or developing a serious complication if you do get the flu, Drevets said.
Many are unaware that hospitalizations and serious complications from influenza occur more frequently among pregnant women compared to other women.
However, there is one big exception: The CDC recommends that people who are 65 and older get what's called a high-dose influenza vaccine - which is another name for a trivalent vaccine.
There are also benefits to the baby: Babies born to vaccinated mothers are less likely to be born prematurely or have a low birth weight. The flu vaccine doesn't prevent against all flu-causing viruses, but it is formulated to protect against the most common ones.More news: Ewan McGregor Joins ‘Birds of Prey’ as the Villainous Black Mask
One resource for students and faculty at the UA to receive their flu shot is at Campus Health.