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Vaccinate Now - Flu Season is Upon Us

Posted - Oct. 13, 2003 at 7:20 a.m.



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VACCINATE NOW, FOR FLU SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Want the flu for the winter holidays? If not, now is the time to get your flu shot.

(HealthNewsDigest.com)...Flu season typically lasts from December through March. The ideal time for inoculation is October through mid-November. The vaccine begins to protect one to two weeks after the shot, and is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu or reduce its severity.

Getting the vaccine is particularly important for children who have asthma and for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems or underlying illnesses such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, kidney problems or diabetes.

"Influenza can cause serious illness or death in people who are elderly or have weakened immune systems," says Dr. James Luby, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Those who are allergic to eggs or have had a reaction to a flu shot in the past should avoid vaccination.

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