Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Should kids get flu shot or nasal spray vaccine?

Should kids get flu shot or nasal spray vaccine?

Additionally, people that are allergic to the flu shot should take extra precautions when getting their shot.

"Keep in mind the people that do have [allergies to the shot] should receive the flu vaccine in their doctor's office and not a drug store, that way they can be monitored for any reactions", said Kearah Cenotti, medical assistant at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. Some 70,000 people in the United States died from flu last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's never too early to get the flu shot.

Good news for shot-averse kids and others who cringe at the sight of needles: After a two-year hiatus from the market, the nasal spray flu vaccine has been re-formulated and is back as we enter the 2018-2019 flu season.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

The department said the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses this year, and that several different types of vaccine are available.

Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University are investigating how biological sex affects patients' immune responses to the influenza vaccine.

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"Influenza can influence cardiovascular events especially in high-risk individuals, so we should not be complacent about vaccination", said Dr. Scott Solomon, the study's senior author and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Another is related to the vaccine's effectiveness.

Masjid-e-Ali at 47 Cedar Grove Lane will be providing the public with free flu shots, November 10 from 10:30 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Some people are still catching the flu despite the multiple ways to avoid contracting.

One is that the flu vaccine can give you the flu.

Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger. That's why the CDC advises getting the shot in October. Most people who get influenza recover after a few days, but some people may develop serious complications.

Wash your hands frequently.

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