Don't forget to get your flu shot

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The short answer, according to the CDC: "It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like".

In addition, a 2007 CDC study found that the flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza.

"Influenza vaccine's impact gets better the more people who get vaccinated".

Despite this conflicting advice, Public Health Solutions in Crete says some immunization is better than none, and predicting the timing of the flu is hard.

Effective October 1, the flu vaccine is available at Margaret Mary's Occupational Health and Wellness Center located on State Road 229 in Batesville, behind First Financial Bank. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, will be available during regular clinic hours, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, noon to 4:30pm. The state confirmed its first flu case a year ago in late October.

The state says October 1 is this year's #TexasFluDay - a day meant to educate the public about the flu and encourage Texans to get their flu shot. "So their idea was to create this challenge to bring a little competition and to encourage students to get their flu shot", said Mansfield.

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Anyone who gets infected with the flu virus may suffer from mild to severe illnesses, or worst, death, estimated at 250,000 to 500,000 per year worldwide "especially within the high-risk groups".

If you're looking for a location near you that offers flu vaccines, check your local pharmacy.

"Unfortunately, many people choose not to get their annual influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine".

The trivalent vaccine targets three strains of the flu, while the quadrivalent targets four strains.

Fee flu shots will be offered to the public starting September 28 at several libraries throughout the county. It said getting the elderly vaccinated helps more than just the older population.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and to provide protection against the flu. The vaccine is also approved for use in non-pregnant women up to age 49, unless your doctor warns against its use depending on your medical history. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine.

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