FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS

219 DIED IN NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE FLU LAST FLU SEASON  

FLU SHOTS AR NOW AVAILOABLE FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS...PHYSICIANS, DRUG STORES, GROCERY STORES  

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FLU SEASON TYPICALLY BEINS IN THE FALL, REACHES ITS PEAK IN DECEMBER, AND LINGERS INTO THE SPRING   

Information for 2017-2018 From the CDC   

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. This page summarizes information for the 2017-2018 flu season.

What viruses will the 2017-2018 flu vaccines protect against?

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There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. For 2017-2018, three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:

an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
Four-component vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

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LOCAL HEALTH CARE EXPERTS CONFIRM:  FLU SHOTS WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU