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Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

Dr. Quinlisk says the flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses.

Maryland is preparing for a busy flu season, including Harford County, the department noted in a news release.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

"The good news is, the virus that they're seeing is one that's included in the seasonal vaccine this year", Glashower said. It's important to note that the flu vaccine does not cause flu illnesses. Oeding emphasized the importance of the vaccine for those who interact with children under 6 months old.

If you are 65 years or older, two vaccine formulations are available that provide extra protection for those with aging immune systems. The viruses in the flu shot are inactivated (i.e., killed) which means they can not cause infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again recommending that the popular nasal spray influenza vaccine not be used this year as its effectiveness remains unclear.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

Influenza is highly contagious, and can lead to serious complications and hospitalizations for people who are most vulnerable, Jalbert said.

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