Each year more than 20,000 people die from the flu. Most of those deaths, and even mild cases of the flu, can be prevented by getting a
"That's why we really encourage and push people to take that vaccine," says Sheila Bell, Rex Senior Health Center director.
It is a good idea for just about everyone to get a flu shot, but some people need the vaccine more than others.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that anyone over age 50 get a flu shot. As you get older, you are more likely to have complications or die from the flu.
Last year, health departments and doctors offices could not get enough flu vaccine. This year, there is still a supply problem, but it should not be as bad. Most clinics have received some of their shipments and are expecting more in the next two months.
"We did receive one third already and a third will be dispensed in October, a third in November, and a little bit more in December," says Bell.
October and early November are the
to get a flu shot. That way you are protected throughout the entire flu season, which usually runs from November to April.
Whether you get it now, or a little later, the flu vaccine is your best shot at staying healthy this winter.
To find out when the vaccine will be offered, call your doctor or clinic where you usually get your flu shot.
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