Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Join Blue and Prevent the Flu - National Influenza Vaccination Week

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn
Ben Pena | 06 December, 2017, 03:22

Venglarcik said it is always better to get the shot and give your body a chance to fight off some of the virus.

But this year's flu vaccine is much less effective than in previous years, meaning those who are vaccinated against the flu may still get sick.

The peak of last year's flu season occurred in February. On average, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections.

"The fact that it's 10%, yes, that's quite a bit lower than usual, but it's usually only 40 to 60% effective".

Each year, scientists try to determine which strains of the flu will be prevalent.

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"Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified immunizers, they can be a patient's first line of defense", stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.

The CDC recently issuing their report saying Louisiana in particular is suffering from a "widespread" threat. This is why hand-washing is especially vital this year.

Despite recent news that the flu shot may not be as effective as in the past, health officials are still recommending that people get the shot. Many physicians, pharmacies, employers, schools, colleges and universities also offer flu vaccines.

The Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) are teaming up for a fourth season to help Hoosiers beat influenza (flu).

National Influenza Immunization week runs from December 2 through December 9.

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