The Flu Shot Is Not Just About You

Dec 12, 2017, 18:01
The Flu Shot Is Not Just About You

Dr. Martinello says the flu shot may not be as effective as in years past, but getting it minimizes the severity of the symptoms.

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news".

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are other things that you can do in order to protect your health.

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

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"The majority of our cases are Influenza A, the H3 type, which is the same as what we saw last flu season, " she said.

This year's flu shot is even less effective, the USA confirmed.

Since September, there have been 106 lab-confirmed flu cases in the province, two intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and two outbreaks in long-term care facilities (LTC).

Health officials like Maggie Hall, with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, say that could be an early indication of a more severe influenza season early next year. During last years flu season, less than 50 percent of people in the US reported having been vaccinated by the end of November, according to the CDC.

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It's recommended for most everyone six months and older.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year). Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases.

In 2014, 147 children died of flu - a lot of them from a particular strain, H3N2. As part of a team that comes up with the vaccine for the season, I am the first to acknowledge that we don't always get the vaccine exactly right. Hospitalizations and deaths were more common and vaccine effectiveness was lower in recent past seasons in which A (H3N2) viruses predominated; it is unclear which influenza viruses will predominate in the 2017 to 2018 season. By the end of last week, seven states reported widespread flu activity: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.

In Australia, the vaccine was only 10 percent effective. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. Vaccinations are also about protecting others. Yet, the problem is that the flu virus can mutate from one flu season to another which can render the vaccine ineffective.

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