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Flu Season Is Coming: Here's How to Protect Yourself

SUNDAY, Oct. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you don't want to be one of the 40 million Americans who get the flu each year, it's time to roll up your sleeve.

Everyone 6 months of age or older should have a flu shot by late October, before flu season begins, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Flu puts hundreds of thousands in the hospital each year and last year it claimed up to 61,000 lives, the CDC estimated.

Even once the flu season is in full swing, it's not too late to get protected, experts from Rutgers Medical School said. The vaccine covers both influenza A and B strains, and this year's shot has been tweaked to account for changes in the virus.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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