AHA: Flu Season Can Send More Heart Failure Patients to Hospital

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"I'm over 50 and I have asthma, so it really took me off my game", said O'Neal, a 54-year-old radio personality from Orlando, Florida.

"Getting the vaccine is a quick, simple procedure which is the best way people can protect themselves against the unpredictable flu virus and any more serious complications which could result. She also passed the flu on to her daughter", O'Neal said. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. "We've already had the death of a young child this year".

Public health officials in East Sussex are urging people to get protected before winter kicks in. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

"I think some parents feel like that's an easier way to get the flu vaccine", Dr. Bhargava says.

Getting the flu shot early allows the body to build up its immune system and beat the bug before it makes you ill.

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"Children under the age of 5 are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group".

The influenza vaccine does not guarantee protection against the flu but it does lower the chances in contracting it. People should take additional precautions to lower their risk, including those who received the vaccine.

"The flu vaccine is not ideal", Basta said.

For more information on the free vaccine, speak to your local school or GP, or visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information. "Thanks to the help of the Somerset County Department of Health, we will be administering 200 flu shots, first-come, first-served, to the community at large".

And think of those around you. That's the eventual goal of researchers at the University of Iowa who are working with the National Institutes of Health to develop what they call a "universal" flu shot.

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