Friday, 14 December, 2018

Flu season hard to predict after record-setting year

Why doctors want you to get your flu shot this month 1 In 5 Believe The Flu Jab Will Give Them Flu – Here's Why They're Wrong
Delores Daniels | 07 October, 2018, 20:59

Earlier this year, senators introduced the Flu Vaccine Act, which would authorize additional resources over the next five years for research to help develop a more effective, universal flu vaccine. Pinellas was among the most active counties in the state for outbreaks during peak season.

Uptake rates among healthcare workers in the acute hospital sector reached nearly 45% a year ago, compared to 34% during the previous flu season.

She stressed that for those at risk, flu can be serious and result in complications that can lead to treatment in hospital.

"This year, theres a lot of concern because last year was so bad. There is the added possibility of updating other vaccines such as the one against pneumonia at the same time which can not be done elsewhere".

"Drive-thru clinics are important to the community for many different reasons", noted Jessica Schwind, Ph.D., epidemiology professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).

So people shouldnt wait, doctors say.

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"The flu shot is a dead virus shot - you can not get the flu from the flu shot", he said.

But when it comes to getting children vaccinated against the flu, what is better - the flu shot or the nasal vaccine spray?

In addition to the flu jab myth, the latest survey revealed that the two most common methods used by Brits to try and ward off flu are dosing up on vitamin C and drinking a "hot toddy" (a warm whisky drink with honey and lemon).

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends for the 2018-2019 flu season that everyone 6 months and older receive their annual flu shot. "It's their social responsibility to get vaccinated".

Vaccinating children has a double benefit, the group said - as well as protecting them from flu, it also protects others, such as grandparents and siblings, as children are much more likely to infect others. The first no-cost clinic day in Pinellas will be October 17.

Dr. Esper said the key to maximizing protection against the flu is to get the shot as soon as it's available. The Florida Hospital Centra Care in Carrollwood is offering free shots on Monday.

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Public health officials track the spread of flu in the Southern Hemisphere and early onset cases across the U.S.to help predict the severity of the flu season. "Also, newborn babies cannot get the flu vaccine, but they can really get bad flu". It costs $20 for those without insurance.

Last years high activity is attributed to a number of factors, the first being the low number of people who were vaccinated. Last winter, the US vaccine was only 25 percent effective against the unexpected emergence of the H3N2 strain, or 36 percent effective overall, according to the CDC.

The Vermilion County Health Department has set up multiple clinics this fall so that people can be vaccinated early against seasonal flu, including one in Hoopeston on October 15.

The GP group said people should speak to their GP practice about how to access the vaccine there. Thousands are treated. We cant emphasize enough to get the vaccine.

"That's just a means for our department to reduce barriers for those who want the flu vaccine", Jason Wilcox. But physicians warn that getting the vaccine is still better than having no defense at all.

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