Flu season is here; inoculations urged

There had been expectations of a potentially severe season given the high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and death seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter

For those who don't like needle injections into the muscle, the CDC is again recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for people aged 2 years to 49 years.

No pain was experienced when being vaccinated with the flu shot, Dougherty-Wise said.

Children and pregnant women are especially susceptible to complications from the flu.

After an extremely deadly and severe flu season previous year, health professionals want Washingtonians to be more prepared this time around.

How does the vaccine work, exactly?

Fisher-Titus recommends that you schedule a visit with your primary care provider to get a flu shot.

Dr. George Carson, an obstetrician who practices maternal fetal medicine at Regina Hospital, said he frequently encourages pregnant women to get their flu shots as they have more to gain by getting it than non-pregnant women do. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.

Which viruses am I protected against?

Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon.




Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths previous year, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives. Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game.

Do I have to get poked by a needle?

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say.

Though last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective overall, it proved only about 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, which is known as one of the trickiest strains to combat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Your immune system may be strong enough to protect you from experiencing flu symptoms, but what about your grandparents, your baby nephew, or your friend with a weakened immune system?

The Florida Department of Health is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. In addition, the CDC reported the highest ever recorded number of people of all ages being hospitalized.

A free Flu Shot Clinic, hosted by the Student Health Services Center, was held at El Camino College from October 1 to 4, from 9:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m., on the Library Lawn, Outreach and Events Coordinator, Crystal Albert, said. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season. I mean, last year we had a bad influenza year - killed 80,000 people, and accounted for 900,000 hospitalizations. We can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated early. Students can tweet a picture of themselves receiving a flu shot to @UM_HealthCenter using the hashtag #UM_FLUSHOT for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card. A person can get the flu during this period. "But it's the flu and it can do a lot of tricky things, so we won't know for sure until the season begins in earnest".

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