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Health officials: 27 Oklahomans hospitalized with the flu

20 October 2018

If you get the flu, you could very well pass it on to your children, elderly relatives, friends and work colleagues. During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 80,000 people died from the virus and complications associated with it, CNN reported. A record number of US patients died from flu last season, with 80,000 deaths recorded in 2017-18 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Today, there are several vaccines that don't contain egg protein so a person with the allergy should request one of those versions".

"If you get sick, stay home".

However, all hope is not lost for college students.

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more unsafe than a simple cold. Hospitals that make vaccines more accessible to their employees by setting up on-site stations for free vaccinations during every shift have high participation rates.

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"The parts of the virus that are used are completely dead, so you can not get the flu from the flu shot", Moorjani explained.

For the most part, people are mistakenly assuming that symptoms which coincidentally developed around the time they got the shot were caused by the vaccine.

The influenza vaccine is the best form of protection against the flu and provides protection throughout the entire season, even when vaccinated in the early fall.

While most healthy people recover from the flu, it can be passed to others with weakened or underdeveloped immune systems.

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Some the lyrics include "it only takes a little germ for each of you to catch the flu" and "there is something we can do to help avoid the terrible flu, keep tissues by your bed and then those nasty germs won't spread". Flu season typically begins in late October or November. "Many of those deaths are due to secondary bacterial infections that can come once you get the flu", Cherry said.

There are some simple measures that can help reduce the chances of the virus spreading to other people. The cost will be $27, and student charge will be accepted. For the first time in two years, nasal spray vaccines, like the flu mist, is an option.

Local doctors are stressing the safety of the flu vaccine after a study found some parents remain skeptical about the shot. Wagener has daily appointments available.

There are hopeful signs the current flu season won't be as widespread or deadly as a year ago, said an infectious disease expert with Vidant Medical Center. Do not ruin it by getting the flu or by giving the flu to someone else.

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Health officials: 27 Oklahomans hospitalized with the flu