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Fight flu - get your flu shot

11 October 2018
Fight flu - get your flu shot

Last year, more than 250 flu cases were reported in Nebraska in October and November.

It was 100 years ago that the infamous 1918 influenza pandemic spread death and terror around the world.

"Children ages six months to eight years old will require two doses of the vaccine for adequate protection from flu", Shah continued".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80,000 people died from the flu and 900,000 were hospitalized with symptoms last season in the United States. These flu shot myths contribute to misinformation about the flu, leading people to not get the shot, which is not only risky for those people who are vulnerable to the flu, but even worse for people who are already immunocompromised and unable to get the shot - and who are relying on others to get the shot to prevent the spread of the disease. Paules said. The CDC and its vaccines advisory committee recommend that providers use any licensed age-appropriate influenza vaccine to vaccinate their patients.

Students enrolled in El Camino's Nursing program administered vaccines for those who attended this event.

"Flu vaccines are a great preventative measure that reduces the risk of illness for all Manitobans, but particularly for older adults", said Connie Newman, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres.

Myth #4: "The side effects are worse than the flu".

Wake County has already had one flu-related death, that of Wake County school board member Kathy Hartenstine, 68, who unexpectedly died last month.

"Even if it doesn't prevent you from getting the flu, it can prevent you from getting really sick from it to the point of hospitalization or death", Paules said.

In terms of effectiveness, Munoz concedes that the flu vaccine isn't flawless. As for the risk of allergic reaction, the odds of experiencing a severe allergic reaction are less than 1 in 4 million. That preservation process makes the virus serve as the antigen, or substance which causes the human body to create antibodies and fight the flu. When a virus invades the body it must be able to reproduce in order to infect a person.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults receives an annual flu vaccine, according to a review of NY state health data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. A dead virus can not reproduce and therefore can not infect a person. Which means that it takes two weeks for the flu to build up the antibodies necessary for the flu.

Although Massachusetts has ranked high in its overall immunization rates - 50 percent of all residents received vaccines in 2015-16 flu season, that percentage dropped from 55 percent the year before; the lowest rates of vaccination are in residents 18-49, at 40 percent for the 2015-16 season, but rates for all age groups dropped slightly as well. However, if it gets to be later into fall and you haven't been vaccinated yet, please go ahead. "The flu isn't going anywhere so we need to make an effort to get immunized and stay protected". Its vaccine, created with genetic sequencing and grown with tobacco, can be retrofitted to immunize against nearly any virus so long as its DNA can be obtained.