Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Washoe County Health District Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming CDC: Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age
Isabel Fisher | 01 October, 2018, 08:25

"Last season illustrated what every public health official knows - influenza can be serious in people of all ages, even in the healthiest children and adults", said Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, in a released statement.

According to the Associated Press, last year's season was particularly deadly.

According to the CDC, flu strains change every year and so vaccines must change to combat them. Those 80,000 people who died previous year from the flu?

You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. So it's critically important that we impress upon folks that it is not just for them. In the USA, peak flu season months are typically November through March.

The CDC also reported a record-breaking number of pediatric deaths from the flu - 180 kids. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. "It seems like we're in a better position this year". Normally, flu season runs from October through April. Of course, it's possible to contract the influenza virus any time of year, and it's still valuable to get the shot later in the season versus skipping it altogether, as the virus has been known to hang around until May.

Cell-based and recombinant vaccine that provides alternatives to egg-based vaccine production.

- As flu season approaches, CDC officials are emphasizing the importance of the flu vaccine, especially considering the severity of the 2017-2018 flu season. Last season saw a small decline of 1.1 percentage points to 57.9%, but the decline was a little steeper (2.2 percentage points) in the youngest group, those ages 6 months through 4 years. Vaccines significantly reduce a person's chances of catching the flu and spreading it to the most vulnerable people around them, such as the elderly.


Overall, the United States experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in recent decades. Drugmakers still grow vaccines in chicken eggs - a technique developed in the 1940s.

But experts say focusing only on that measure misses too many other benefits of the vaccine that are less well-known.

'Flu is a really nasty bug and it is not like having a cold.

"Human viruses were never meant to grow in eggs", said Bruce Clark, Medicago chief executive officer.

The survey's results can be disheartening for doctors and public health officials, who know about how important these vaccines are for protecting pregnant women.

How Effective Was the Flu Vaccine in the 2017-2018 Season?

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