Will you get the flu shot?

08 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later

Experts believe the flu virus is spread when a sick person talks, sneezes or coughs. The flu vaccine changes each year in anticipation of the strains mostly likely to predominate in the season ahead.

Although it is relatively early in this flu season, influenza activity in SC at this point has been higher than normal.

However, as Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, pointed out, the flu has potentially serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this unsafe and potentially deadly disease".

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

"People from those areas are getting ready to travel for the winter holidays, and they'll bring flu with them", Mills said. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that".




"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said. We encourage individuals, and especially seniors, to protect themselves this holiday season with an annual flu vaccine so that they can continue doing the things they love with their families.

The CDC recommends the vaccination for everyone six months old and older because there are thousands of flu-related deaths each year. But the flu isn't the only risk children face during this season. The article's authors also noted that "the vaccine prevented about a third of all illness by all of the types of flu", Flannery said.

"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.

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