Bartow County Health Department official underscores importance of flu vaccine

Free flu shot clinic to be held in Benson

Free flu shot clinic to be held in Benson

Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older. "Even an imperfect match provides important protection". Sometimes they get a cold and it's not really influenza or sometimes they get the flu before adequate antibodies have built up from the shot. This would be extremely beneficial for those populations who are especially weak to the flu, such as the elderly, infants and people who have health issues preventing them from being able to get a flu shot themselves. Influenza has hit other parts of the world hard.Globally, the virus begins in Australia where the flu usually hits hard.But, flu activity in the United States has remained low at least for right now. This is measured by the number and location of outbreaks and the rate of complications, including the need for hospitalization, admissions to an intensive care unit and flu-related death rates.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said, "Each year the national expert immunisation group assesses global evidence to determine the most effective flu vaccines available".

Each year, some Americans avoid getting vaccinated against the flu because they fear that a flu shot will give them the virus.

"I got it one time when I was working, I had to take it and got deathly ill", Smith said.

Catching the flu is not only uncomfortable; it can be risky, especially if you already have a weakened immune system.

Dr. Jonathan LaPook joined "CBS This Morning" to talk about the importance of the flu shot and to administer some to our very own Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King.

See the HealthMap Vaccine Finder for administration sites near you.

People who have an egg allergy may be at an increased risk of reaction to the the injectable flu vaccine because some flu vaccine are made using eggs. That's important.Do you know why fewer people got flu shots previous year? "They just want people to get something, which is much better than nothing".

The FDA is rolling out a new antiviral drug called Xofluza, which is used to reduce the duration of flu symptoms.

What's different about this year's flu vaccine?

I know it wasn't from the shot because outside of the live attenuated nasal spray, all the other vaccines do not contain live virus.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said. Pharmacists around Madison County are vaccinating people this flu season, however, North Florida Pharmacy, located at 139 SW Macon St., in Madison, is now administering free vaccinations for anyone over 18, with special doses for anyone over the age of 65. Good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. If you do get sick, cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands, stay hydrated and until next time, feel better. Be careful about touching your face after you touch surfaces because influenza and other viruses and vermin can be on them.