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A free Flu Shot Clinic, hosted by the Student Health Services Center, was held at El Camino College from October 1 to 4, from 9:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m., on the Library Lawn, Outreach and Events Coordinator, Crystal Albert, said. Most standard-dose shots that people get this year will be quadrivalent, meaning they can protect against four viruses.

Depending on the severity of the strains, 5 to 20 percent of the US population will get the flu every year.

Patel emphasized the importance of the flu vaccine, stating that while it's not 100% effective, the biggest advantage is that it helps prevent serious complications from influenza, like hospitalizations and deaths.

The Jefferson County Health Unit held its annual mass flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. on September 27 to provide Jefferson County residents with free flu vaccinations.

This year's flu season is expected to be a mild to moderate year, but the Provincial Medical Officer of Health Dr. Tim Hilderman warns the flu is notoriously hard to predict.

"The vaccine is safe, effective, and remains the best protection against the flu virus".

Doctors have long said that people who are vaccinated and get sick anyway have shorter and less severe bouts of the flu.

Flu vaccine effectiveness varies from season to season, but the CDC says it's still important to be protected. Each flu vaccine should include three to four strains which means it will protect against other viruses. "And this is a way to test our readiness, so we're doing a lot of back-of-the-store assessments to see if we can get ready, administer them quickly and get people in and out as fast as we can", said Walker. This is important because typically, older adults' bodies do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems. The CDC, Center for Disease Control, tracks the various strains of the flu and change the vaccines to help fight the most common strains that are found each year.

Carson said sometimes expecting mothers can hesitate in getting their flu shots once they learn the virus is present in the vaccine.

"I came to get my annual flu shot, I have an autoimmune disease so I try to get it as early as possible", said Patricia Taylor, from Cromwell.

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available.

This season Ukraine is expected to the strain of influenza A (H3N2) Singapore, which is most unsafe for elderly people with chronic pathologies.

In recent years, over 9,000 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and ten per cent of all patients admitted died as a result of the flu virus.


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