VERIFY: Can getting the flu shot early still be effective?

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Schippert said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot.

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It's especially important for people 65 and older (50 and older is recommended by the CDC) to get the flu shot, since their ability to fight the virus is lower.

With this year's season to begin in less than two weeks, officials are preparing to kick off mass flu vaccination clinics in every county.

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[2] USA adults surveyed who did not get a flu shot past year.

A 2017 CDC study found that the flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza.

Because CDC wants people protected if flu breaks out early, "October as a rule of thumb is not unreasonable", she said. "They think that the flu shot can give you the flu, but it cannot give you the flu, it's not a live virus". In order to increase awareness and spread knowledge of the flu, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) implemented the inaugural New Jersey College and University Flu Challenge.

Can getting the flu shot early be effective?

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Last year's flu season was worse than many previous years in Ionia County with almost 3,000 cases reported to the health department, according to Bevington.

The age recommendation for Afluria Quadrivalent, an inactivated influenza vaccine, was changed from 18 years and older to 5 years and older. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles. The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from four strains of influenza virus. Howevee, if they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

If you haven't yet received any pneumococcal vaccine you should get the Prevnar 13 first, followed by Pneumovax 23 six to 12 months later.

Furthermore, a National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) survey was conducted in October 2017 for college students 18 to 24 years old who were now attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university. "So those of us that are healthy individuals, to be able to get it, will protect those individuals that are not able to receive the vaccine".

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