It's time to start thinking about a flu shot

Health officials working to make flu shot more effective

Mass immunisation to combat the flu

Last weekend, rapper Drake canceled his Miami concerts because he was suffering from a case of the flu, his representatives confirmed.

Prevention. The most important thing is to get the influenza vaccine which is easily and conveniently provided at all of our Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers in Lakeview, River North, Streeterville and now the West Loop.

Making a bad year worse, the flu vaccine didn't work very well.

CDC officials don't have an exact measure of the amount of flu-related deaths per year.

Tens of thousands of American deaths last winter are believed to have been caused by the flu and its related complications, officials said Tuesday, making it the most severe season in at least four decades. The season peaked in early February and was mostly over by the end of March.

Last fall and winter, the USA went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory.

Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, an assistant professor in the infectious diseases division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

"What it does is improve their body's immune response to the vaccine".

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Convenience plays a big role in ensuring as many people as possible get a shot.

The CDC recommends individuals over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccination. The 2017 flu vaccine turned out to not be very effective, which is one reason for the sudden increase in flu-related deaths.

"Most people with the flu have mild illness and don't need medical care or antiviral drugs", the CDC stated in a recent bulletin.

Influenza is a serious infection that kills many each year and older adults and young children are particularly vulnerable.

More than 42,700 Islanders who fall within these groups will be eligible for vaccines, which will be administered in nurseries, schools, GP surgeries and pharmacies.

The vaccine performed better against some strains than others. But the vaccine has been tweaked to better match circulating strains, including getting an updated H3N2 component.

And it has also revealed that Islanders aged 65 and over will received a "turbo-charged" vaccine, while pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes will have a "gold standard" jab that will protect them against four strains of virus.

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