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Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield

One particular physical health worry each winter is the flu. Next to older people, young children 6 months through 4 years of age benefitted most from flu vaccine in terms of the percentage of deaths averted.

Brace yourself for a rough flu season.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, co-authored the perspective with other researchers from NIAID and experts at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia.

The numbers in Oklahoma are already worse than a year ago.

Flu season in Fort Mill and the surrounding areas is officially underway, with a total of 210 cases already reported throughout the state, according to the latest update from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

MYTH 2: The flu vaccine isn't always effective.

Doctors worry it could be be similar in the Uninted States.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the flu vaccine used in Australia, that's pretty much the same as the one in the USA, was only ten percent effective.

Overall, the findings from the study continue to support the benefits of flu vaccination and suggest that both increased flu vaccination coverage and increased flu vaccine effectiveness would help to prevent more flu-associated deaths. While still in development, the candidate vaccines would train the human immune system to recognize components of the virus that are common to all influenza strains and don't change from year to year as they crisscross the globe. It is the only non-injection flu vaccine on the market. However, Reuters reports the life-saving drug must undergo years of clinical trials before it could be accessible to the general public.

FluMist was licensed in 2003 and originally was considered comparable to or better than injectable flu vaccine in protecting against the flu virus. "We're not saying it's a great vaccine", Bregier said.

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. Even if you got vaccinated you may be at risk. Dr. Fauci also stated that this flu season could be a lot like the 2014 season.