Older people advised to get free flu jabs this autumn

11 October, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • The New Zealand flu vaccine covers four of the viruses circulating globally including the Flu A

"How bad will the flu season be this year", Shital Patel, an Assistant Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine said.

A special high-dose seasonal flu vaccine is once again available for senior residents of long-term care facilities. Other serious complications can set in, such as inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues, or sepsis, all of which can be life-threatening, according to the CDC.

There is no crystal ball when it comes to predicting the severity of a specific flu season, though health care professionals are projecting that this year's vaccine will be a good match to this flu strain.

Flu vaccines help your body create weapons, called antibodies, that help fight the virus when you're exposed to it.

After a hard flu season last winter, the CDC is now recommending people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. However, skipping the flu vaccine means taking an unnecessary risk - for yourself and others whom you care for or work with, or who may be more vulnerable than you to illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn't recommend one over the other, he added.

Which viruses am I protected against?

The shot, which takes about two weeks to become fully active in the body, protects against three to four viruses. Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game.

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Wake County has already had one flu-related death, that of Wake County school board member Kathy Hartenstine, 68, who unexpectedly died last month.

The vaccine significantly reduces the risk of infection with flu and, even if you manage to get sick, the illness will pass in a very mild form, says an expert.

Your immune system may be strong enough to protect you from experiencing flu symptoms, but what about your grandparents, your baby nephew, or your friend with a weakened immune system? Even though many believe that the flu vaccine is often ineffective and can, it is still the against the virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu previous year.

Both Essentia and St. Luke's give those who are 65 and older the high-dose vaccine.

Over the years, you've probably heard plenty of people declare their reasons for skipping the flu shot. I mean, last year we had a awful influenza year - killed 80,000 people, and accounted for 900,000 hospitalizations. As The Wall Street Journal reported back in 2010, eggs used for flu vaccines don't come from commercial food farms, and are "tested vigorously for pathogens".

The Jefferson County Health Unit held its annual mass flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. on September 27 to provide Jefferson County residents with free flu vaccinations.

Children aged 2 and 3 will receive the vaccine through their GP, while children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive it in school. "The CDC would really love it if everybody who is going to get vaccine, gets vaccinated by the end of October".

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