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Hilderman adds it is a myth the flu vaccine will give you the flu. So, should we be ready for more of the same? DE recorded more than 9,000 flu cases, with more than 1,200 hospitalizations and 35 flu-related deaths.

With an early flu season anticipated by officials, the time to protect you and your loved ones from the seasonal flu virus is now.

When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

SHS Health Educator Jeremy Garcia said the majority of students treated for the flu at the SHS previous year had not received the vaccine. Even so, the vaccine still helped, Daniel Jernigan, the CDC's influenza division chief, told the Post.

"I would get the vaccine now and you don't have to worry about whether it's a mild or a severe season", said William Schaffner, NFID medical director.

Even healthy people get the flu, and it can be serious.

The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally, including the Flu A (H1N1). Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon.

Simply put, it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest flu vaccine.

Given that more than twice as many people died from the flu than from auto accidents past year, it makes sense to improve your odds.

It is also possible - though not common - to become infected with a virus strain that was not included in the vaccine for that year. Which shows why you should consider getting a flu shot. But if you miss it, you can still have the vaccine later in the winter. "But, you might develop flu-like symptoms - despite getting a flu vaccine - for a variety of [other] reasons".

Dr. Cicely White, a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Spokane, said getting a flu shot can prevent a person from spreading the disease to others, which helps protect vulnerable members of the population, such as very young or elderly Washingtonians. Fisher-Titus recommends that you schedule a visit with your primary care provider to get a flu shot. They can not cause the flu. Of those who died, 42 percent were known to have been vaccinated, and 58 percent were either not vaccinated or had no documentation of flu vaccine, said to DHHS spokesman Cobey Culton. While it does contain small traces of ingredients that would poisonous in large doses - such as formaldehyde or preservatives such as thimerosal - Healthline reported that studies have "overwhelmingly" found the flu shot is safe.

Flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. If you take a nasal spray, side effects include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness, and loss of appetite.