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Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

01 December 2017

Flu vaccines must be matched each year to the strains that will likely be circulating this year, but when different strains are active, the vaccine won't be as effective.

For every vaccination administered at your local Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens will donate the value of a lifesaving vaccine to people in developing countries as part of our Get a Shot, Give a Shot campaign with the UN Foundation, which has provided more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines.

New reports show that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but doctors are still urging everyone to get it.

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Brace yourself for a rough flu season. Their vaccine was only ten percent effective.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick. Last season, the SCDHEC saw peaks of the flu in late February and March.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder.

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"Patients have the risk of getting pneumonia even from not getting the flu shot and getting actual flu", Hare said. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury. Those hospitalized were people over 50 and children under 5.

Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine created to protect against three different flu viruses-two A viruses and one B virus. Nationwide figures aren't as up-to-date, but show 400 people have tested positive for flu after being hospitalized with suspicious symptoms as of November 18.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

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Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield