Flu vaccine delays for over-65s

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She says getting the flu shot a second time in the same flu season (say, once in October and again in January) is not recommended by the CDC, but if you feel you're at a greater risk, get a recommendation from your doctor.

The CDC regularly reminds everyone to get their flu shots and to get them early, but many people choose not to or simply decide they don't have the time. Here's what the experts say.

In short, the answer is no-you can not get the flu from getting a flu shot, experts say.

"Everyone eligible here will be able to get it by the end of November, well in advance of the traditional flu season". This figure, as reported by the Associated Press, comes from Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it's the latest overall estimate that really puts the most recent flu epidemic in proportion.

Twenty-eight percent believe the flu shot causes autism. Similarly, flu-like symptoms are not the actual flu. "Influenza vaccine is safe".

The reason why? While many report headaches and even fevers, this is because the flu shot actually takes up to two weeks to take effect.

The elderly and other vulnerable people are advised to get vaccinated to prevent possible health complications.

Health Canada has approved the use of the flu vaccine nasal spray for children or adults who can't, or don't want to, receive the shot.

Last year, 80,000 people died from the flu, which is the highest total ever recorded since seasonal flu-related deaths have been tracked.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada's FluWatch, there were 64,403 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Canada last season, mostly Influenza A/H3N2.

"I fully support mandatory vaccination against flu infection in key healthcare personnel, in tandem with those already in place, to provide immunity to both healthcare workers and their patients".

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