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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend shots for everyone over the age of six months.

"The biggest takeaway here is that people who already have heart disease and may be susceptible to heart failure should definitely be vaccinated because influenza is, for the most part, preventable with vaccination", she said.

"The Flu Express is for persons 10 years and older". The flu vaccine is a safe and effective means of protecting yourself and your family.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center. Every flu season, there are predominant strains of the virus, so medical experts predict which strains will be most active, and they formulate the vaccines in response. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it". Even healthy people can become sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time, or even be hospitalized.

Masjid-e-Ali at 47 Cedar Grove Lane will be providing the public with free flu shots, November 10 from 10:30 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Getting the flu shot early allows the body to build up its immune system and beat the bug before it makes you ill.

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Flu shots will be available at the Concord campus by appointment.

Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger. That's the eventual goal of researchers at the University of Iowa who are working with the National Institutes of Health to develop what they call a "universal" flu shot.

Getting the flu shot is at local drug store is an option for those without insurance.

"You may have a few days after you get your flu shot where you perhaps aren't feeling 100 percent", Han said.

Wash your hands frequently.

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