Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Indiana Records First Flu-Related Death Of Season

Indiana Records First Flu-Related Death Of Season

With the Northern Hemisphere's 2018-2019 influenza season now officially here, health officials in the United States hope that the recent mild flu season in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere is a sign of what is to come in the United States this season.

One thing experts do know is that getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent infection, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to get vaccinated before the virus starts spreading throughout the population. The peak months are December through February. The sneezing, coughing, fever, body aches, and just all around feeling lousy are all symptoms of that terrible flu virus.

Myth: Flu shots don't really work.

They encourage more people to get a flu shot as the best way to prevent the illness. The clinic was held last year too and it was such a success, they held it again this year.

The flu vaccine and Pneu-P-23 vaccine, which help protect against pneumococcal disease and is offered free of charge to seniors, are available at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors' offices and Access centres. Officials say it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

Myth: I exercise and eat healthily, so I don't need to get vaccinated.

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Infants under six months old can not be vaccinated so it is important that those living with or interacting with them be vaccinated.

Yes, unfortunately because sometimes you may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated, or because you may be exposed to a type of flux that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is especially important for healthcare workers, people at high risk for flu-related complications (such as pregnant women, young children, and the elderly) and anyone with an infant in their household, Dr. Box said.

A vaccine for the flu typically contains a weakened form of the virus, which reduces the potency or virulence of the pathogen, all while still keeping the virus "alive" (viable).

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