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Here's what you need to know about the 2017 flu shot's effectiveness-and the upcoming sick season in general.

According to a recent survey by CityMD, over half of millenials did not plan to get a vaccine during last year's flu season. But the egg-grown, the version of the vaccine that most people get, isn't quite as effective.

Flu vaccines are also safe for anyone six months of age and older and are recommended annually, with some rare exceptions.

But it still isn't too late to get a flu vaccine for this season.

"This season, influenza A viruses have been most commonly identified, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating", she wrote.

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Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas, who was not involved in the study. One expert said the rise may be attributed to the increased availability of legal marijuana in recent years.

H3N2 was the most common strain seen in Australia and the vaccine used there has a similar composition to the one being now used in the U.S. In previous years, the effectiveness rates of flu shots has been between 40 to 60 percent.

On Rebecca Brumfield WTWO (Facebook page) we created a poll to ask you at home how you're feeling.

While it is recommended you take the shot at the start of flu season, shots can be administered any time.

Flu viruses are easily shared at family gatherings, said Dr. Robert Kezirian a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Valley Children's Hospital.

The cost of the vaccine is $10 for adults and children.

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Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

The vaccine not only protects those who have it from getting the flu, but it can help better equip the body to fight off the flu if they do get it, and it can also reduce the risk of hospitalization due to the flu.

DPH has scheduled several flu clinics statewide. These usually dissipate within two days and are considered a normal reaction to being injected with latent strains of the virus. These include rapid heartbeat, respiratory problems, hives, dizziness, paleness, or weakness.

Getting the flu is clearly more than an inconvenience. In other words, receiving the shot will not guarantee you have a flu-free season. Individuals with weak immune systems and healthy individuals are equally likely to catch the flu virus.

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