Last Year The Flu Was Deadly - Get Vaccinated Now

Nora Nguyen
September 22, 2018

Because last year's flu season was so bad, Dr.Livingston says regardless of which vaccine you choose- make sure you do get one.

Two years ago the nasal spray vaccine was taken off the market because the Center for Disease Control said it was no longer effective for that particular flu season.

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and to provide protection against the flu.

If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

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In addition, a 2007 CDC study found that the flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza.

The Floyd County Health Department, 16 East 12 Street, Rome, is now offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis.

Cell-grown flu vaccine will be quadrivalent.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

Flu season is right around the corner. Isn't the flu vaccine supposed to protect you from the flu, not give it to you? Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon. "It's simply not true", said Margaret Khoury, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist and regional lead of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Flu Vaccination Program.

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Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza.

Last year's flu season was particularly severe with widespread flu activity around the state of Georgia and throughout the country, officials said.

And this year, there will be a new option available for older residents, who can be particularly susceptible to the flu and its dangers.

Simone Groper (L) prepares to receive a flu shot at a Walgreens phramacy on January 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

With that in mind, Division of Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay is urging DE residents to get their flu shots sooner rather than later. "The person either had contracted the flu virus prior to achieving immunity or is suffering from another illness having the same or similar symptoms as the flu".

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