Flu season is coming - help protect your family

"Now, there is something going around town because I know the ER was checking some flu screens yesterday here but I haven't heard any positives popping it up", said Dr. Lawrence Martinelli, Infectious Diseases-Covenant Health.

"At this time, the CDC and ACIP have not changed the recommendation for influenza vaccination of pregnant women", said the agency's fact sheet.

Although not so common, the flu vaccine can cause life-altering or even life-threatening reactions.

"We urge everyone to get their kids immunised against the flu and ask only that our privacy is respected and our family given time and space to grieve", Mr Brealey said.

They're questioning what was once received wisdom: that the vaccine fails when manufacturers, working months ahead of flu season, incorrectly guess which strains will end up spreading. Clinics will begin Monday, Oct. 2.

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Like last year, the nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year.

There is a possibility, but if you get the flu, the vaccine will help minimize some of the symptoms.

It is especially important to get the flu vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from flu.

Dr Ian Gray, medical head, Sanofi Pasteur UK & Ireland, said: "The UK authorities are leading the way in Europe by encouraging those in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against flu. Most people say get them as soon as you can".

"We have the high dose vaccine available for adults 65 and older who are at greater risk of severe illness from influenza and the quadrivalent vaccine that provides broader protection against circulating flu viruses for everyone else".

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More than 50 outbreaks in NSW aged care homes in the last week of July prompted warnings from doctors for sick people to avoid visiting elderly relatives.

The past two flu seasons in North Carolina were quite different. "It is straight up the eastern seaboard of Australia", she said. "Any side effects are minor and last a very short time, and contrary to what some believe, you can not get the flu as a result of getting vaccinated".

The 33-year-old, from regional Victoria, was struck down by the influenza epidemic gripping the nation in the late stages of her pregnancy.

The study's authors, two of whom are CDC researchers, saw a big difference when they looked at women who had miscarried within 28 days of getting a shot that included protection against swine flu, but it was only when the women also had had a flu shot the previous season.

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