Flu season: When should you get vaccinated?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics later came out saying the nasal vaccine had been ineffective for the previous three flu seasons. "I urge parents to remember that even the healthiest children are at risk from the flu so it's really important to get them vaccinated every year".

Why the extra concern? "Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu so we recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get their flu shot as soon as possible so they can be protected for the full flu season".

"It will be severe and there will always be a flu season".

And small clusters of H3N2 are already showing up in the United States, according to published reports.

The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 strain, and swapped out the Victoria-lineage B strain with a Yamagata-lineage virus that had been recommended previous year as the second B strain in quadrivalent vaccine formulations.

Flu can lead to hospitalization and death, Price said.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus, meaning it cannot be treated with antibiotics.

The Utah Department of Health reported the last flu season hospitalized 1,404 Utahns.

"We now produce an ample supply of vaccine and vaccine options", said Dr. Research showed that 57 percent of children who were severely ill with the flu had not gotten the flu vaccine.




Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent.

Influenza vaccination coverage across the entire US population was 46.8 percent, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from the previous season. Medical practitioners say since it takes two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, getting a flu shot earlier provides immunity once the season is underway.

Flu shots are now available at many clinics, drugstores, and supermarkets.

The panel also stressed the importance of pneumococcal vaccination for adults age 65 years and older and younger adults with high-risk factors, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disorders as well as people who smoke.

But Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, stressed that "100 percent of health care workers should be vaccinated".

The flu vaccine helps protect women during and after pregnancy and can protect a baby from the flu after birth. "In reality, the risk of flu is far greater to the fetus and there's zero risk from a flu shot". "If they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge".

Price advised three steps to fight the flu. However, if you wait until April to get vaccinated, you will still be protected the same way, even though you waited until late in the season to get it. That means staying home if you're sick, avoiding people with the flu, washing your hands often and coughing into your arm.

For more about the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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