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To do or not to do?

Many patients confess that they have never gotten a flu shot. They have just always been skeptical, and never actually gotten the flu ... until now. Now that flu season is upon us, they can't help but wonder: will this be the year they get the shot? or skip it yet again? 

Flu season is here. Get the seasonal flu vaccine facts right with our following tips.  

Wondering how you can protect yourself from seasonal flu or the nowadays famous H1N1? Or just weighing the pros and cons of the seasonal flu vaccine? The flu vaccine is not only about protecting you from getting the flu but also to prevent you from transmitting the flu to vulnerable people around you, such as the elderly, children, or the immuno-compromised.

Here are some of the fast facts about flu prevention that you've been looking for. 

Influenza causes thousands of people to be hospitalized every year. Some people die from flu-related causes. Prevention is key. In 2010, the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices expanded the recommendation for influenza vaccine to include all individuals 6 months old and older.

Ideally, you should get the seasonal flu vaccine by April. However, getting vaccinated with the flu shot makes sense any time during flu season, which may last in whole winter. 

Think the flu vaccine can give you the flu? It can't. The vaccine is made with a dead (flu shot) or weakened form of the flu virus (nasal flu vaccine), which can't give you influenza. The nasal flu vaccine has caused transfer of the virus to others, but the risk of this happening is extremely low.