Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.

"We strongly recommend people get vaccinated and take all the preventative measures", Rahman said. The vaccine may not be a ideal match to the flu strains circulating, but people who get it generally have less severe flu symptoms, even if they still get sick.

The Louisiana Department of Health says flu activity is picking up significantly across the state. The flu shot, which boasts a 40% effectiveness rate on an average year, only appeared to be about 10% this year.

"The earlier you get your flu shot, the better you're going to be protected against the flu". Last year, the vaccines were only 34 percent effective. That could eliminate the need for people to get new flu shots each year.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. The most common side effects from the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection and, in some cases, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle-ache.

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"The vaccine is still the best bet we have, the best tool we have", Poursina says. The highest number of hospitalizations was reported among people older than 50, as well as children younger than 5 - groups that are at greater risk of severe illness and complications due to flu.

"Getting the flu is an very bad experience".

Medical experts are warning that the upcoming flu season could be a bad one, with this year's vaccine not proving particularly effective.

FACT: Getting the flu vaccine, even later in the season, can still be beneficial.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

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