Parents urged to consent to flu vaccines for kids

01 October, 2018, 08:24 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Vulnerable populations like children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems were especially affected by last year's flu. Children in this age group who are getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine, spaced at least 4 weeks apart. This past flu season was classified by the federal agency as "high severity" across all age groups. Years ago, it would only last a few months. "Don't wait - get the vaccine for protection now". "But give the vaccine credit for softening the blow".

For those who are frail, a bout of flu can lead to losing independence in everyday activities, said Janet McElhaney, a Canadian geriatrician and researcher.

Last year's flu-related deaths included 180 children, the highest in a regular (non-pandemic) flu season since 2012-2013, although not as high as the 358 children who died during the 2009 flu pandemic.

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference.

The nasal spray is not recommended for pregnant women.

"Kids have a lot of snot, they have a lot of drool and they go to school", she said over laughter from the audience.

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"It has influenza A, so it protects against both H1N1 and H3N2 strains, and then an influenza B strain".

"The vaccine is not available under six months of age", Stevenson said. "There are simple steps that employers can take to help keep their employees safe and healthy so that they come to work, and to keep the people they are caring for safe and healthy", Adams said.

Opportunities for free flu vaccines are plentiful in Umatilla County after the flu killed an estimated 80,000 people in the United States past year. People with asthma and chronic congestive heart failure are also particularly at risk for complications from flu infection.

Fall just began, but flu season is already off to a strong start.

Flu vaccine will protect against the most common flu viruses expected to circulate this year. Therefore, getting a flu shot it is socially responsible, as it protects you and others around you, creating "community immunity", according to Dr. Schaffner. "It's about getting everyone around that individual vaccinated" Dr. Adams said. Workers in settings where employers had no vaccination requirements were more likely to get flu shots when they were offered at their work site, offered at no or low cost, or actively promoted.

The experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday urged people to get vaccinated by the end of October. You'll prevent the spread of germs and disease, keeping yourself and other healthier.



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