Yavapai County Community Health Services schedules flu-shot clinics in Verde Valley

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According to Webb-Collins, the health department goes beyond the flu shot clinic to reach residents.

Ricardo Raggio, 27, film/video major, winces as he gets a free flu shot from student nurse Jennifer Murphy at the Library Lawn on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The Jefferson County Health Unit held its annual mass flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. on September 27 to provide Jefferson County residents with free flu vaccinations.

Flu shots are usually based on the strain that was circulating in the southern hemisphere six months ago.

Dunn said folks sometimes don't want to get a flu shot because they believe it will make them sick. So, of course, you can delay your vaccination or avoid it, but remember that vaccine takes 2 weeks in general to produce enough antibodies against the virus.

This year experts came back to consideration of nasal spray vaccine, which they declined during two last years.

The flu season is now officially underway and the state and area hospitals are holding mass vaccination events.

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One of the most pervasive myths about the flu shot is that getting it can actually cause you to get the flu. Last winter, the USA vaccine was only 25 percent effective against the unexpected emergence of the H3N2 strain, or 36 percent effective overall, according to the CDC. The flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of it spreading on to others.

"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a awful year this year", Bhardwaj said.

Vaccination does not guarantee 100% protection against flu viruses, but thanks to her, even if you catch the disease, it will be mild and without complications.

Between 2010-2014, the Center for Disease Control was able to estimate that anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 people die annually from the flu and related complications, but deaths are hard to track.

Each year, vaccines are produced in accordance with the CDC's predictions for the types of viruses most likely to circulate during flu season. For those with long term conditions or in vulnerable groups, it is particularly important you do everything you can to protect yourself. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

It's also important to understand the flu is different from a cold. As people age, the standard dose may not be as effective, so there is a high-dose version for those who are 65 and older and an adjuvant one.

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