Public Health England urges residents to take up free flu vaccine

Ebony Scott
October 13, 2017

Upping the concern, though, is that numerous cases seen so far this year are from the H3N2 strain of the virus.

Nationally, there were nearly 600,000 flu-related hospitalizations last season, Dr. Dan Jernigan, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said in a recent news conference. The vaccine protects against several flu strains.

"The flu is out there so it's time to get your flu shot", said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Mandy Cohen.

It is also expanding the national flu vaccination programme to key groups and aims to reach 21 million people.

Anyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot, she said. The high-dose flu vaccine is four times more concentrated than the regular flu shot, and is available only for seniors 65 years of age and older.

The CDC recommends a flu shot every season because the body's immune response declines and needs to be improved every year.

One person has died so far this season from the flu. "This underscores how important it is for all of us to take precautions now to avoid influenza infections".

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Professor Paul Cosford, Public Health England's medical director, said: "This year we are offering the nasal spray vaccine to more children than ever".

If you are eligible for the jab, the seasonal flu vaccination is the best protection for you and your loved ones, and can help to stop the spread of flu in the community this winter.

This year's campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination which is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu.

The first weekly report for the 2017-18 flu season in North Carolina, released Thursday, indicated sporadic flu activity across the state.

Flu vaccines are created to trigger the development of antibodies in charge of protecting an individual against infection with the viruses contained in the shot.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging state residents to get vaccinated this season, noting that young children, individuals who are 65 years and older, pregnant women, and individuals with certain medical conditions are at greater risk of experiencing flu-related complications.

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