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FAL 2018

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news, views, events, etc. h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2018 } 5 news, views, events, etc. buzz the After last year's chilling influenza epidemic - one of the deadliest, with high severity across all age groups—the CDC is gearing up for a full-on flu fight this fall. While getting a flu vaccine doesn't guarantee that you'll avoid having fever, aches, cough, or runny nose, the preventive measure can reduce the illness's acuteness. Here's what you need to know about this year's vaccines, which have been updated to better match circulating strains: ● The nasal spray flu vaccine (referred to as the live attenuated influenza vaccine or "LAIV") has been reintroduced for healthy, non-pregnant individuals aged two through 49. ● The body takes about two weeks to form flu-fighting antibodies , so the CDC advises getting vaccinated early. (The season heats up in October and peaks between Decem- ber and February.) Even if you miss that timeframe, don't skip the shot . The vaccine can offer protection later in the season and prevent the virus from spreading. ● The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than six months get vaccinated. For adequate protection, two doses, given at least four weeks apart, are required for children between the ages of six months and eight years old who are receiving the flu vaccine for the first time. Flu News

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