Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Flu season: When should you get vaccinated?

Ben Ihlow died on September 3 after a week-long battle with the flu leaving behind his wife Samantha and 10-month-old son Andrew Ben Ihlow died on September 3 after a week-long battle with the flu leaving behind his wife Samantha and 10-month-old son Andrew
Ben Pena | 28 September, 2017, 22:37

"There are many options for getting the flu shot including your doctor's office, walk-in clinic, pharmacy, and public health clinic".

According to officials, the vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu although some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache.

"These are tragic events which underscore the message that influenza is a serious disease and that vaccination is absolutely critical for protecting individuals and the community". Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.

Dr. Price finished the press conference by getting his own flu shot and urging others to get vaccinated and to "spread the word, not spread the flu".

Slightly fewer than half of all Americans were vaccinated for the flu last season, a top federal health official warned Thursday, as he called for almost every person to get a shot by October for the coming season.

The flu kills more than 30,000 people a year on average, according to the CDC.

The findings are important as flu vaccinations are estimated to only be effective in 17-53 percent of older adults compared to 70-90 percent of younger people.

He noted that next year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of Spanish flu, which infected a half billion people, and killed up to 5 percent of the world's population.

Where can I get a flu vaccine? .

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"We want White County residents to stay healthy this flu season and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of protection", said Trudy Noble, White County Health Unit administrator.

The Affordable Care Act made insurance coverage for flu vaccines mandatory and to be given without charging a co-pay.

The study was unusual, said the authors, because, by chance, the vaccination that participants received was identical to the one they had received in the previous year. "Thousands if not tens of thousands of deaths could be prevented by increasing the vaccination rate".

Around 46.8 percent of the US population were vaccinated during the 2016 to 2017 flu season, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from the previous season. In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older.

After all the data was gathered, the team compiled the information and discovered that only one of all the factors they looked at was predictive of higher flu antibody levels in the blood samples.

"Approximately 76.3 percent of children age 6 to 23 months old were vaccinated last season, exceeding the goal - but that was the only age group to meet that goal", Stinchfield said.

The flu vaccine helps protect women during and after pregnancy and can protect a baby from the flu after birth. This seasons vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

When should you get vaccinated? .

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