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

- As flu season heats up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans 6 months and older to get vaccinated.

Darrell Gale, East Sussex Director of Public Health, said: "Flu is a very unpleasant illness and vaccination is particularly important for people at increased risk of the effects of the disease".

"The Flu Express is for persons 10 years and older".

Health Department spokesman Tony Sellars says 291 people died due to the flu during Oklahoma's previous flu season, the most since the agency began tracking flu deaths in 2009.

"Flu-mist is a live virus, the one that people get in their nose, but we don't recommend it because it's a live virus and it's not as effective as the shot". Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue.

"These are the people that may ultimately get hospitalized", Han said.

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. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

FluMist was first licensed in 2003, and was welcomed as a needle-free alternative to the flu shot, which made it especially easy to administer in school clinics.

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

It's not worth experiencing, if you can prevent it with the flu shot.

Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger.

"Some physicians might prefer the injectable vaccine - in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it - but in general, patient preference and vaccine availability drive the process", explains Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a board certified infectious disease physician and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. That's why the CDC advises getting the shot in October.

Wash your hands frequently.

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