The Why: The annual flu shot

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Of those 391 deaths, 290 were people age 65 and older and seven were children under the age of 18. And while it seems like flu season is still a month or two away, some cases of the flu have already been reported in Minnesota. But children younger than 2 years, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, young children with asthma and people with compromised immune systems are among those who should not get the nasal vaccine; they should stick with the shot.

Chris adds: "If you are 16 years old or over and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can still get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee".

He said last year's flu strain was particularly tough to deal with as the H3N2 strain mutated beyond what the season's flu shot could deal with. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell". It turned out that even though the normal vaccine is made in an egg-based culture, people who are allergic to eggs aren't allergic to the vaccine, she said.

In a panel hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington on September 27, Surgeon General Jerome Adams took a nasal vaccine - an effort, he said, to make flu prevention "go viral".

The flu shot can not give you the flu.

Despite what you may have heard, serious side effects are very rare. Those antibodies help protect us from influenza viruses if we come in contact with them later.

Between 3,000 to 49,000 people die each year from the flu. "Still, I would say flu mist vaccine for somebody that would not receive any vaccine (otherwise) would be a great idea".

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For most of us, getting the flu shot is just a regular part of fall.

Traditionally, most people have gotten flu vaccinations at doctors' offices or government health centers.

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According to local health care officials, different flu viruses circulate and cause illness each season.

Flu viruses are rapidly changing, and it's tough to make a highly effective vaccine against it.

Hilderman said the best way to prevent the flu is to cover your mouth, wash your hands, isolate yourself to your home if you are sick, and get vaccinated.