Doctors: Children, adults need to take care during flu season

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's that time of year again to get your flu vaccine and just because you got a flu shot last year, doesn't mean you're protected this year.

Two new types of influenza are currently circulating, and a new updated vaccine appears to work well against it.

A yearly vaccination is recommended for everyone, but surprisingly last year's figures showed 52 percent of children were immunized compared to just 39 percent of adults.

Doctors say even though parents want to protect their kids against the flu, they need to take care of themselves as well.

"The flu deaths that we see in Charleston are often times in parents not in children," said Dr. Bo Machado of Health First in West Ashley."Certainly kids and people with respiratory diseases are at the highest risks, but we're seeing deaths in unvaccinated adults."

Flu shots typically cost between 20 and 30 dollars. Flu season starts in October or November and peaks in January and February.

Manufacturers are expected to make almost 135 million doses of the flu vaccine.

Some common symptoms of the flu are aching muscles, fatigue, weakness, chills and sweats. If you have any of these symptoms you are encouraged to see your doctor right away.

Taking antiviral drugs within the first 48 hours after you first notice symptoms may reduce the length of your illness and help prevent serious problems.

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