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2nd Flu shot - Event Date: January 12 2019 - January 20 2019

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Poll Question: Should over 65 take a second flu shot 6 mos after 1st shot.
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    Posted: January 12 2019 at 6:43pm
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I can't see it doing you any harm.

The flu season will be ending by then, so you could probably save the cash - unless there is a local spike in cases around then or you have to do lots of meet-and-greet.

The vaccine's effects do tail off, but you will still have some protection left. I think you are sufficiently well informed to make the best choice. I am unlikely to have as much local info to mix with the medicine.
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My answer to the poll is: "Sometines - in bad flu years."
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I've heard it was good to do. I am considering the same.
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[I just voted 'yes', here's why:]

Flu may have peaked, but experts eye jump in nastier strain

Last week, about 60 percent of the flu virus samples tested were the more troublesome strain, known as Type A H3N2.

Uncertainty about what kind of H3N2 will be spreading later this year recently led the World Health Organization to postpone its decision on which strains should go into the flu vaccine for next season.

Last season, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications, the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC.

CDC officials estimate there have been somewhere around 20,000 to 30,000 flu-related deaths so far this winter.

They also think there have been around 300,000 flu-related hospitalizations and around 25 million flu illnesses.

Source:   Associated Press https://www.apnews.com/d11e713ca98749219126f6cf4fbf2f43
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I was just at the doctor today with an upper respiratory infection and I asked about the flu and they said they were still seeing a lot of flu in our area.
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