CDC gives recommendations on upcoming flu season

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Flu season starts around October and peaks in December.

If persons have coverage for the flu vaccine through Medicare or one of the following listed insurance companies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department can bill them directly. Meanwhile, Delaware is reporting its first cases of the season, a month earlier than a year ago. The price of flu vaccine will vary from $35 to $75, depending on the individual's age and the type of vaccine used.

And no, regardless of the myth that is so often heard at this time of the year, the flu vaccine doesn't cause those who take it to develop influenza.

But some doctors think the vaccine has been disappointing in some seasons because its protection can fade quickly against certain flu viruses, apparently most dramatically in people 65 and older. The illness is not from the flu vaccine.

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Children up to age 8 who haven't previously been vaccinated or who have had only one shot in the past will need to get two shots four weeks apart, she said. "While I urge everyone to take all of the other necessary precautions to avoid contact with the flu, I urge you above all else to get a flu shot wherever they are available".

"If you haven't gotten a flu shot, it's never too late", she said. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe. "They think that the flu shot can give you the flu, but it cannot give you the flu, it's not a live virus".

According to the CDC, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disparate populations that experience disproportionately higher rates of chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart diseases, as well as extreme obesity which are all conditions that place them at higher risk for severe influenza complications.

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In addition to the quadrivalent flu vaccine, the health department will soon be offering the high-dose flu vaccine for $70 per dose.

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High severity refers to high influenza-related hospitalization, high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for the disease.

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