Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Can You Get the Flu Twice In One Season?

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All had been hospitalized with symptoms of acute respiratory illness or fever at four hospitals in Tennessee during previous flu seasons, from late 2006 to early 2012.

DHHS obtains death data through death certificates and according to the state, delays in the reporting of deaths "may cause the number of reported (pneumonia/flu) deaths to vary considerably each week". The strain also is more vaccine resistant, which is likely one of the reasons for increased hospitalizations and flu-related deaths.

The agency monitors flu activity through reports of flu tests and counts of patients with flu-like symptoms from hospitals, school districts and selected clinics throughout the county. "Even with that possibility, it's still the best protection and often, if someone who gets the shot comes down with the flu, their severity and the duration are usually less". This year, influenza A - specifically H3N2 - is especially prevalent. "However, even during years when the flu vaccine match is good, the benefits of flu vaccination will vary, depending on various factors like the characteristics of the person being vaccinated, what influenza viruses are circulating that season and even, potentially, which flu vaccine was used". "We could see that rate increase as we get further into the season", she said, referring to the fact that although the vaccine increases the odds one will not get the flu, it is not flawless. For questions about getting your flu shot at the Health Department, please call us at 203-854-7776.

Powe said she plans to get one.

Between 600,000 and 2.4 million state residents will get the flu this year, and 120 to 2,000 will die of complications from the virus, the Health Department estimates.

Public Health England reports that this particularly vicious virus has also caused 85 deaths in the United Kingdom since the beginning of October.

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Flu vaccines are available through your doctor, and most health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine.

"The most alarming statistic is that every year thousands of people die after getting the flu", said Dr. Neil Vora, epidemiologist with the city Health Department.

Flu symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, body aches and nasal congestion.

This particular strain of the flu virus (H3N2) that has infected many U.S. citizens, is known for its ability to avoid protection supplied by vaccinations.

Fitzgerald also recommended that people frequently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid those who are sick or coughing and carry disinfectant wipes.

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