Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Last winter’s flu season was even more deadly than you can imagine

Last winter’s flu season was even more deadly than you can imagine

Twenty-eight percent believe the flu shot causes autism.

While reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, the vaccine can not cause the flu virus. Last year, more than 80,000 Americans died from complications stemming from the flu.

These groups include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or on the advice of a consulting physician.

That said, the flu season in Australia, in particular, can give experts an idea of how severe the flu season in the US might be - as the USA tends to echo Australia in both severity and strains.

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So it's possible that you could contract flu or a variation of the virus during in this time.

"I fully support mandatory vaccination against flu infection in key healthcare personnel, in tandem with those already in place, to provide immunity to both healthcare workers and their patients".

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She says getting the flu shot a second time in the same flu season (say, once in October and again in January) is not recommended by the CDC, but if you feel you're at a greater risk, get a recommendation from your doctor.

Twice a year, the WHO organizes consultations to review the data and predict what strains of the flu will be most prevalent in the coming season.

"Not only are you preventing influenza in the child, you're preventing influenza in their grandparent or any other family member that may be sick or more susceptible to influenza", Huffer says.

Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four strains of the flu. People should know that it contains live viruses.

"Every year we have pediatric deaths from influenza, which may have been preventable if they had gotten vaccinated", Bess says.

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