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Local health officials encouraging flu shots

12 October 2017

The flu vaccine can not cause the flu, because the injection contains an inactive virus or no virus at all. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six-months-old and older get a flu shot.

As a semi-tropical country, seasonal influenza viruses continue to appear throughout the year in the Sultanate. The symptoms of Influenza start to show two days after exposure to the virus: a cough, sore throat, runny nose or blockage, body and muscle aches, headaches, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhoea in some people and especially in children.

Wednesday morning, the 6 In The Morning crew took time to get their flu shots while they were on the air.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the current flu season typically runs through May of 2018, and one of the best ways to prevent getting sick is by getting the vaccine.

"Now is a great time to get a vaccination", Martin said.

The flu vaccine has to be produced well before flu season, and usually includes three or four flu strains. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month. "Getting vaccinated today will help protect you and your family now and for the rest of the influenza season".

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The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu, states the Arkansas Department of Health. According to a press release, last year, San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency reported its first flu death on October 4th, and in total, the county saw 86 flu-related deaths. About 5 percent to 20 percent of the USA population gets the flu each year.

During flu season, it's always helpful to wash your hands a lot, stay home from work if you're sick, and keep your kids home from school if they're sick to avoid spreading the virus, Martin said.

The FDA approved vaccines are created to offer extra protection beyond the standard flu shot.

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Local health officials encouraging flu shots