What's Going Around: Doctors urging people to get flu shots

The flu shot not the nasal mist is first choice for children 6 months and older pediatrics group says

The vaccinations will be available provincewide starting October 22 at public health clinics, local pharmacies and some doctor's and nurse practitioner offices.

The Ministry also stressed the importance of the initiative to receive seasonal influenza vaccine to help prevent the complications resulting from influenza, especially in populations with high risk factors.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced the death Monday just before he was scheduled to appear at a news conference with medical professionals at Hartford Hospital to urge people to get flu shots. That includes pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions and their caregivers. "That means you can go as a family outing to get you flu shot".

The publicly-funded vaccination program offers the injectable vaccine, which provides protection against the four different flu virus strains most likely to circulate this season.

6 children dead from adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey
The FDA has approved a vaccine for adenovirus strains 4 and 7, but only for use in military personnel who are at higher risk. State officials were first notified of respiratory illnesses at the center on October 9, officials said.

The state reported 154 deaths last year due to flu-related illness, making it Connecticut's deadliest in five years.

"This year the province is providing Fluzone® High Dose vaccine for long-term-care residents 65 and older", a press release read.

"Last year [the vaccine] was not a great match, but people need to remember even in a year when the vaccine is not a great match ... it is still the best protection we have", Mick Bolduc, an epidemiologist for CT, told the Hartford Courant.

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