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Flu rates have been 'unseasonably low' in New Zealand this year but experts are warning that Kiwis aren't out of the woods just yet

In North Carolina the flu season begins October 1 and runs through May.

The flu season is just around the corner, and that's why Westminster College is hosting another clinic for vaccinations next week. Smaller cities tend to have a shorter, but more intense flu season.

"Each flu season always seems to be a little bit of a surprise", said Susan Kline, a professor of medicine at M Health. "Those 80,000 people who died previous year from the flu, guess what?"

Among the general population, flu vaccination rates for all ages groups during the 2017-2018 season remained below 40% in the United States. "I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell". And every year that's kind of the million-dollar question.

"What I do know is we need to get everyone vaccinated or as many people as we possibly can to prevent the spread of the flu". It's more important to receive any flu vaccination than none at all.

A special high-dose seasonal flu vaccine is once again available for senior residents of long-term care facilities. "We go where they are and make it [available] at different locations where people can access it".

Health officials want people to be vaccinated before flu season hits, and in several recent years the illness has ramped up in some parts of the country as early as November. I mean, last year we had a bad influenza year - killed 80,000 people, and accounted for 900,000 hospitalizations.

The vaccine significantly reduces the risk of infection with flu and, even if you manage to get sick, the illness will pass in a very mild form, says an expert.

"It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said. Vaccines significantly reduce a person's chances of catching the flu and spreading it to the most vulnerable people around them, such as the elderly.

Each year, vaccines are produced in accordance with the CDC's predictions for the types of viruses most likely to circulate during flu season. It is recommended that people receive their vaccination as soon as possible because the human immune system takes two weeks to produce antibodies in response to the flu vaccine.

"I'm exhausted of hearing people say, 'Well, I didn't get sick and I didn't get the flu shot.' Or, 'I don't like it, my arm hurts, '" said Adams.

"It's biologically impossible", he added. Each flu vaccine should include three to four strains which means it will protect against other viruses.

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"I don't think there's enough information to say that for sure", Prabhu said.

That's not great, Johnson said, but it's better than nothing. "It's ideal for transmitting any kind of infectious disease like that".

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