The province says getting a flu shot is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and those around you from influenza. However, it's been recently shown that human respiratory mucus protects flu viruses that are in aerosols and in droplets on a surface from decay regardless of the humidity. There have already been cases of the flu in our area, and it takes a few weeks for the vaccination to reach its maximum effectiveness.
Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit or higher fever or feeling feverish - not everyone with the flu has a fever - a cough or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches or body aches, chills, fatigue and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, which is most common in children. Now is the best time to get the shot for protection throughout the entire flu season, which usually peaks in January and can last until May. There are also NYS Health Code requirements stating that health care workers who choose to not get the flu vaccine wear a surgical or procedural mask.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public health officials are encouraging all Montanans six months of age and older to take action and get vaccinated now against influenza (flu) in order to decrease their risk of becoming ill, according to an October 2 news release.
So far, there is no indication the upcoming flu season will be almost as severe as last year's epidemic.
"A flu vaccination is needed every year as the flu virus is very clever and constantly changes". It also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in almost every state for weeks on end.
The elderly, young children and people with chronic illness are at greater risk of more severe complications. Dr. Bagatell says that's concerning because the flu season typically happens during the winter.
Epidemiologist Claire Newbern said the results from the study would help the medical world think about ways to create a more efficient flu vaccine, with the neuraminidase protein - which helps the influenza virus replicate - becoming ESR scientists' focus.
Yep-the CDC, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), suggests getting the actual flu shot, not the nasal spray.
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Kids who've received a flu vaccine in the past only need one dose going forward.
In Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) uses the WHO information to help inform its recommendations on the vaccine to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). He noted during the H1N1 pandemic, about 50 per cent of people got the flu shot but after that, it dropped to below 20 per cent. This is why the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.
Healthy Aging Tip: With cold and flu season upon us, it is important to make sure you are doing what you can to keep your immune system strong. The CDC reports that during the 2017-2018 flu season, almost half of those who chose to vaccinate against the flu were able to avoid it.
Well, should I get the flu shot when I'm pregnant or not?
If your health care workplace hasn't made it easy to get vaccinated, take matters in your own hands.
The nasal flu spray however is a live virus vaccine, but it is weakened so you can not get infected.
Ultimately, she says, the figures stand up the overall benefits of the flu shot. There are many other non-flu illnesses that can be contracted.