Preparing for a bad flu season

01 December, 2017, 06:34 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know

New reports show that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but doctors are still urging everyone to get it. Flu viruses typically circulate widely into the spring months, and it isn't clear if the early start will mean an early end or a long season. In a press release published by the NIAID, it was explained that numerous factors can influence the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine; in this case, the perspective's authors believe manufacturing could have led to the increased risks Australians faced during their 2017 winter.

Though researchers are working hard behind the scenes to develop more effective vaccines, you should still aim to be proactive about your health.

Myth 1. The flu shot gives you the flu. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.

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Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue. "Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated".

FACT: Getting the flu vaccine, even later in the season, can still be beneficial.

At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury.

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So far, 105 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Oklahoma.

FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Nationwide figures aren't as up-to-date, but show 400 people have tested positive for flu after being hospitalized with suspicious symptoms as of November 18.

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Experts are also concerned about other strains of the flu viruses circulating that are particularly hard on older adults, Danuta Skowronski, an influenza epidemiologist at the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, told STAT.

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