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Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments

Knox County Health Department offers free flu vaccinations All rights reserved
Ray Hunter | 07 January, 2018, 01:32

Latest figures from Health Protection Scotland (HPS) show just over 41% of those aged under 65, who are considered "at risk", have had their flu jab this winter - but cases of flu have more than doubled compared to the same time a year ago.

The numbers right now are much higher than a year ago.

Week 52 had 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which increased from 554 during Week 51. The U.S. approved the shot under the FDA's accelerated approval program in late 2015.

The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza such as the elderly, pregnant women and young children, as well as healthcare workers and family and friends of anyone at high risk.

Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it. More than 2,100 people have been hospitalized for flu statewide, according to state health officials.

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It said in its November meeting minutes: 'The committee agreed that if a change in approach were to be considered, switching vaccination of the 75 years and upwards age group to adjuvanted vaccine would be the first priority, given the un-adjuvanted inactivated vaccine showed no significant effectiveness in this group'.

Even though we're in a new year, health officials say the flu is still taking its toll on Oklahomans. He said things will likely get worse before improving. "We started going up the second week in December".

People in certain categories are "strongly" encouraged to get the flu vaccine due to their high risk for flu-related complications or exposure to others. "Thirty percent protection is still better than zero".

Other precautions include washing hands often with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding contact with sick people. Influenza is easily spread from person to person, and an infected person can spread the virus before they develop symptoms.

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