Free flu shots set to begin at Solano County libraries

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"It's was just a really bad flu season last year, the shot didn't work that well last year", explains Kayla Johnson, who works for CHI Memorial as a nurse practitioner and echoes the CDC's urge to get a flu shot now. Influenza activity starts to increase in October and November.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match now circulating viruses.

This year's trivalent vaccines will protect against the A/Michigan strain, a H1N1-like virus; A/Singapore, a H3N2-like virus; and B/Colorado (Victoria lineage), while the quadrivalent vaccine will also protect against the B/Phuket strain (Yamagata lineage).

Medical director of DHD No. 4, Dr. Joshua Myerson, said it is recommended that anyone 6 months in age and older be vaccinated. But officials warn that it's still better to get a flu shot than risk getting the flu without one.

Websites such as https://vaccinefinder.org can help locate where doses are available in your neighborhood.

The flu vaccine is covered by most insurance plans but Margaret Mary Health recommends patients call their insurance company in advance to verify coverage.

Attention all students, flu season is here!

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Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza. The vaccine is also approved for use in non-pregnant women up to age 49, unless a doctor warns against its use depending on medical history. Isn't the flu vaccine supposed to protect you from the flu, not give it to you?

While most individuals may be OK to get a vaccine, some with certain preexisting health conditions and allergies to the vaccine itself may want to look for alternatives. "Children may also receive the flu vaccine by scheduling an appointment at our office".

"The flu shot will last through the flu season", Watson says.

It's barely pumpkin latte season and already signs are up advertising *flu* shots!

"If you haven't gotten a flu shot, it's never too late", she said. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

In other words, no later than the end of October. In order to get the nasal spray vaccine, however, you need to meet some criteria. But the CDC counsels that children are a special concern.

All parents have to do is fill out a form and accompany their child to get vaccinated. More information can be found in the infographic below.

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