Experts recommend vaccinations at onset of flu season

Ebony Scott
September 30, 2018

27 press conference, the CDC announced this past flu season was the deadliest in 40 years. The 2017-2018 season was the first to be classified as "high severity". For the upcoming season vaccine manufacturers have estimated distributing up to 168 million doses of influenza vaccine in the U.S.

"Thousands of deaths in the United States and even more hospitalizations".

"The damage continues even after recovery from acute illness", Swanson said. Acute influenza initiates a "whole-body inflammatory reaction".

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

"We don't know what this season will bring", she said.

Going to work with the flu might seem like something a hard-working person might do out of commitment to the job.

"Children six to 59 months of age would be considered in the higher risk group, pregnant woman are at a higher risk for complications, adults and children with certain chronic health conditions, and people over the age of 65".

In previous seasons, flu-related deaths have ranged from a low of about 12,000 during the 2011-2012 season to a high of about 56,000 during the 2012-2013. Those figures include a record-breaking number of deaths in children.

Seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

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Also, in the past, those with egg allergies could not receive a flu shot; however, egg allergy is now no longer a reason to avoid the flu shot.

Stevenson said the flu vaccine is an important piece in protecting a community's vulnerable population, such as the elderly or babies.

"It has influenza A, so it protects against both H1N1 and H3N2 strains, and then an influenza B strain". In the previous season, during the winter of 2016-2017, the CDC stated that the flu vaccine was approximately 50% effective.

The MMWR report on flu vaccination also covered the pertussis vaccine-also recommended during pregnancy-and the findings indicate that coverage of the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine was slightly higher, at 54.4%. "So it is never too late to get the flu shot".

Among the child deaths reported to CDC last season, about 80 percent were in children who were not vaccinated.

Cell-based and recombinant vaccine that provides alternatives to egg-based vaccine production. Pneumonia is a serious flu complication that can result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria. "After acute flu, recovery may not be complete. The flu, they can be bad sometime", said Emma Ball, 75.

Schaffner emphasized that the effects of the flu aren't over once the disease ends. "Today, I am leading by example and getting vaccinated against flu".

Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu. They got the flu from someone. "It can be bad if you haven't been vaccinated". "We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot". It is a contagious respiratory illness, believed to be spread by droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking, which can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. However, Frank said it should not just be those in the at-risk groups getting the vaccine.

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