CDC reports first child flu death of the new flu season

The truth about the side effects of flu vaccine - AOL

The truth about the side effects of flu vaccine - AOL

Influenza cases reached pandemic levels in Arizona during the 2017-18 flu season, with 24,667 cases reported statewide by the end of August.

Flu shots are recommended for seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the Department of Health and Wellness says practising proper hygiene is important.

If you get the flu, you could very well pass it on to your children, elderly relatives, friends and work colleagues. The flu virus primarily attacks the respiratory system - the nose, throat and lungs - causing mild to severe illness and can lead to death in the most severe cases.

About 26 per cent of people in the province received the flu vaccination previous year.

As autumn and winter temperatures set in, public health officials in Nottinghamshire are reminding people of all ages to get the annual flu vaccination. If you're not sick but are around people who have the flu, wearing a surgical mask can help protect you from getting infected as long as it's tight-fitting. If you work in health and social care, you could put patients and other vulnerable people in harm's way.

Cherry stressed that vaccination naysayers miss the point when critiquing the flu vaccine. Flu vaccine efficacy is about 60 percent in the best years and can be as low as 10 percent in bad years. It is best to get vaccinated before the influenza virus starts circulating in your community.

The vaccine takes about two weeks to protect you from getting the flu.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield. Scientists found no loss in the amount of infectious virus at any humidity, which means that expelled aerosols containing flu viruses are stable in the air for at least one hour. "Your body is creating an immune response to the vaccine", she says.

Even though handwashing and avoiding sick people are good habits, it is not enough to prevent the flu. Deem invented the method more than 10 years ago, and it is now recognized as as a fast, cheap way of gauging the effectiveness of proposed flu vaccines. Hospitals that make vaccines more accessible to their employees by setting up on-site stations for free vaccinations during every shift have high participation rates.

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more unsafe than a simple cold.

Health professionals are urging citizens to get their flu shot. Hand washing also is important, especially after shaking someone's hands.

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