Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Flu Season Is Here And So Are The Vaccines

Flu Season Is Here And So Are The Vaccines

Deaths can fluctuate from flu season to flu season and it's not always clear why, said O'Brien. Until scientists create something more effective, the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and any associated illness. Every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to choose the strain of the flu virus that would be put into the flu shot.

Public Health England (PHE) has announced a more effective flu vaccine for those aged 65 has the potential to prevent deaths and significantly reduce the burden on the NHS this winter. However, gender appears to have a significant impact on the efficacy of the influenza vaccine as well according to a study entitled "Should sex be considered as an effect modifier in the evaluation of influenza vaccine effectiveness?" published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

According to the CDC the flu shots or vaccines are not 100 percent protective against the infection but can provide some measure of protection against this illness.

The vaccine this year is a new, improved one.

The 2017-2018 season was dominated by influenza strain H3N2, which typically results in a more severe season. Getting the vaccine if you are eligible and practising good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent yourself from getting flu. He never even needed to get out of his auto.

"It was a rough year, whether you got the shot or not". Patients were included if they were at least 1-year-old and had seen a doctor within seven days of the onset of flu-like symptoms.

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"The decision to have your child vaccinated against flu is yours of course, but we would like you to be fully informed of the advantages and disadvantages before making your decision once again this year".

Myth #7 - I have to have a fever to actually have the flu and be contagious. Not everybody presents every symptom right away, and some people may become infected without realizing due to their relatively mild symptoms.

The typical duration of the season stretches from October and goes on till as late as May, with the problems tending to be at their peak phase in the three months period between December and February.

Under blue skies and a blazing sun with temperatures getting up to 89 degrees, the DeKalb County Board of Health set up a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic Friday outside the Northlake Mall. This year the CDC officials urge people to start getting their flu shots early before the transmission risk begins.

All in all, getting the flu sucks, especially when you're a student with better things to do than lay in bed and feel bad all day. After all, who wants to spend their free time sick in bed falling behind on class work?

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