Never too early to get your flu shot, says health unit

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CDC data shows that during last flu season, 37.1 percent of American adults got vaccinated against the flu. It also helps you prevent spreading the flu to others, especially those who might be more likely to have serious illness from the flu.

Donna Arnett, an epidemiologist and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, who was not involved in the new research, said the increased risk of heart failure hospitalization found in the study was small but significant enough to send a message. The benefit was greatest among infants receiving their first influenza vaccinations and was still evident in subsequent flu seasons.

"You may have a few days after you get your flu shot where you perhaps aren't feeling 100 percent", Han said. Older men and women may, however, get extra protection from a single shot of high-dose flu vaccine.Outside of these groups in which safety and efficacy have been proven, one should not take a booster dose of influenza vaccine on the theory that it would be, at worst, harmless.

"These are the people that may ultimately get hospitalized", Han said.

The department said the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses this year, and that several different types of vaccine are available.

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They are the first deaths recorded since the flu season officially began on September 1.

You can locate a nearby flu shot clinic at 2-1-1 Arizona or Stop the Spread AZ, or by calling 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Avoid people who appear sick.

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

Ott says there are a lot of misconception out there concerning the flu vaccine and it safety. Washing your hands frequently, containing your coughs and sneezes when in public and avoiding crowds during flu peak season are all good suggestions. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective means of protecting yourself and your family.