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Health Department Recommends Alabamians Get Flu Shots

Health Department Recommends Alabamians Get Flu Shots

"It is not too late to vaccinate for flu and reduce the risk of illness", Landers said.

- In the last few weeks, North Carolina has seen a big spike in the number of flu cases, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is now widespread in the state. For the predominant circulating influenza A type H3N2 flu strain, its effectiveness comes in at 43 percent. Effectiveness is estimated to be 73% for influenza B viruses.

People who are severely allergic to chicken eggs, have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past, developed Guillain-Barre' Syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting the vaccine, children less than six months of age, or people who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever until symptoms lessen. "All we can do is just put the information out there as quickly as we get it so the doctors and the public know what's going on", said Zack Moore, an epidemiologist. And now researchers are working on improving the vaccine that could protect them from the flu. The most common influenza virus this season - Influenza A H3N2 - tends to affect older people more severely. College students are more susceptible to the flu as lack of sleep, heavy drinking, and smoking are three major factors that could lead to catching the flu according to the Richmond Department of Health.

This is comparable to the 2015-16 season, when the vaccine was 47 percent effective.

Specifically, said another MMWR issue (www.cdc.gov) released February 17 that summarized influenza activity from October 2 to February 4, the Midwest and East Coast continue to see increased flu rates, while incidents in the Northwest previously spiked and have since been declining.

The deaths were the most in a week since the flu season began last fall and included the second child. "I think the USDA will be much more scrutinizing about this", compared with a killed vaccine, because of the potential for dogs to become mixing vessels if they are infected with a human influenza virus, which dogs can get but not spread, around the time of vaccination. "Vaccines are never 100 percent effective".




It appears to be subsiding now, but this flu season will go down as the worst in Washington state this decade.

Flu vaccines are actually a combination of up to four different vaccines, Duchin said.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner freely admits that "the flu vaccine is an imperfect vaccine, it often can not prevent flu completely". You could have the flu.

If you do come down with the flu, it is important to call a health care provider who can give you a prescription for an antiviral drug.

Young children and older adults are at greatest risk, according to Freeman.

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