Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

The flu vaccine: what you need to know

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 The Big Number: Millions of flu vaccines will be offered this season
Steve Townsend | 11 October, 2018, 01:36

Anyone in these groups faces a greater risk of more serious complications of flu such as pneumonia and so it is recommended that they have a flu vaccine annually to protect them.

The corporate offices for Walgreens and CVS, both of which offer flu shots, didn't respond to a query about the specific vaccinations they provide. But how does it work, exactly?

Nationally, flu deaths also broke records, claiming more than 80,000 lives.

There is no crystal ball when it comes to predicting the severity of a specific flu season, though health care professionals are projecting that this year's vaccine will be a good match to this flu strain. Its vaccine, created with genetic sequencing and grown with tobacco, can be retrofitted to immunize against nearly any virus so long as its DNA can be obtained. Fisher-Titus recommends that you schedule a visit with your primary care provider to get a flu shot.

People in Cumbria who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common and this year's vaccination programme is now available across Cumbria to all eligible people. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body's immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the flu results in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States, so the SHS is working hard to make flu shots more easily available and widely publicized to students. Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game.

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"Getting the flu vaccine is important for the health of all Manitobans, but especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers, and close family and friends", said Friesen.

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Vaccinated against influenza prior to the season, diseases, and October this is the best time.

Even including the mandatory 15-minute after-vaccination waiting period, getting your flu shot on campus will take less than 25 minutes. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults receives an annual flu vaccine, according to a review of NY state health data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

This year, the government is doing something a bit different than years past and will be offering every Ontario resident six months of age and older, including pregnant women, a quadrivalent flu vaccine which is broad protection.

"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a bad year this year", Bhardwaj said.

You might ask why medical officials encourage getting a flu shot.

The Flu Pandemic of 1918 wiped out nearly 40 million people worldwide including almost 1 million Americans. What we do know is that there is no flu activity going on right now.

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