Flu shot this year updated to protect against influenza A & B

Nora Nguyen
October 1, 2018

Post-flu inflammation can affect blood vessels that lead to the heart and to the brain.

"We don't know when influenza's going to strike either".

High-dose vaccines As people age, their immune systems weaken, which means the elderly benefit less from a standard flu shot.

Despite the awful season last year, overall vaccination coverage remained flat; as in previous years, less than half of the USA population was vaccinated.

The flu death toll in the US previous year was the highest in four decades, according to the CDC.

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These new estimates are record-breaking, and emphasize the seriousness and severity of flu illness and serve as a strong reminder of the importance of flu vaccination. Now it will last the entire flu season.

As flu season approaches, hard numbers on how many people died from the flu in 2017 have come in.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. So far, the flu that's been detected is a milder strain, and early signs are that the vaccine is shaping up to be a good match, Jernigan said.

Cell-based and recombinant vaccine that provides alternatives to egg-based vaccine production. In the previous season, during the winter of 2016-2017, the CDC stated that the flu vaccine was approximately 50% effective. For another, the vaccine is your best chance at avoiding the risky flu.

Annually, the vaccine "prevents millions of flu illnesses and related doctors' visits and tens of thousands of hospitalizations", said the CDC in a statement. "Flu vaccinations save lives".

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A 2017 CDC study showed that vaccination reduced flu deaths among children with high-risk medical conditions by half, and among health children by about two-thirds. Shots are free for patients enrolled in Medicare Part B, and are $20 for most others.

"Everybody needs this vaccine", Frank said. "It's why many people feel wiped out for two weeks after stopping coughing". "After acute flu, recovery may not be complete". "They have to be willing to get the vaccine, and get the vaccine not only to protect themselves, but also to protect the people around them". "Flu can knock down that first domino of progressive decline, progressive disability". During most influenza seasons, about 80 percent of reported pediatric deaths occur in children who have not been fully vaccinated against flu. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others.

You may ask who should get vaccinated, and the answer is EVERYONE who is of age to get the vaccine, as long as it is not contraindicated for you as stated by your physician/medical provider.

Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children 6 months and older get a flu shot by the end of October. Neither type of vaccination can infect you with the flu.

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A consent form must be completed for every individual receiving the flu shot.

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