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The Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department advises all residents to get a flu shot this year.

3-7 is a national awareness week focusing on the importance of influenza vaccination and reminding people that the holiday season is a good time to make sure our communities are ready to fight the flu.

When there's a mismatch between the strains the vaccine was created to prevent and what strains actually spread, people get sick, which is what happened previous year. The CDC estimates that 40% to 50% of people who get vaccinated might still get the flu.

Cumulative rate of hospitalizations per 100,000 people for influenza in California by age in October and November of 2017.

Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas. You can have deaths because of respiratory illness which causes hospitalizations. 'Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated'. The CDC and the California Department of Public Health are recommending everyone over six months old get vaccinated.

Doctors are warning that this flu season could be a bad one.

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But the Fauci article points to another possible factor: most flu vaccines are grown in eggs.

The regular flu shot comes in versions that protect against either three or four strains of influenza - including that problematic H3N2 strain, another Type A strain known as H1N1, and one or two strains of Type B flu. A small percentage of people do get a mild flu-like reaction after a flu shot that may last about a day.

If you're older than 65, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response, which is important because up to a month after older adults recover from the flu, they're at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.

The costs of flu vaccines vary on insurance plans, but many planes cover the vaccines at no cost, according to Crow.

The CDC categorized last year's flu season as moderately severe, but Campbell County was hit particularly hard, reporting 935 cases, the most of any county in the state. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.

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