Flu season: doctors told how not to catch the flu

Flu season: doctors told how not to catch the flu

Flu season: doctors told how not to catch the flu

White Hall resident Lee Samuels said he had never received a flu shot until the recent mass flu clinic sponsored by the Jefferson County Health Unit. Even if you had your jab last year, you will need to have one again, because flu changes every year.

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"Although people will say, 'I got the flu vaccine and I got a runny nose, I had a cough, I had a fever, I had body aches, ' believe it or not, side effects like fever and body aches occur in less than 1 percent of people who get a flu shot", Dunn said.

"Each year in England around 20,000 children under the age of 5 are admitted to hospital with flu".

"One of the most important services our pharmacy can offer during flu season is help protecting patients against the seasonal flu", Amanda Bryan, pharmacist at Clinton Drug Company, said. A flu shot is not flawless, but all Americans should consider taking it to prevent any health problems.

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With the number of reported cases of flu more than doubling last winter, those who are eligible are being urged by the NHS to act early and get protected. Given the long and complicated production process of vaccines, the way they are generally created is based off of public agencies trying to predict which specific strains of the flu will make an appearance in the oncoming flu season. Don't wait until there is a flu outbreak this winter; get your vaccination as soon as possible, especially if you are in an "at risk" category.

But some doctors think the vaccine has been disappointing in some seasons because its protection can fade quickly against certain flu viruses, apparently most dramatically in people 65 and older. Introduced previous year, the high-dose vaccine may provide better protection for those at increased risk of complications from the flu, potentially reducing the number of outbreaks experienced in long-term care facilities.

The flu vaccination has also been shown to reduce the severity of the flu in people who get vaccinated but still get sick, according to the CDC.

In addition to the vaccination, you can help fend off the flu by keeping your immune defenses strong. Higher vaccine effectiveness was noted in those younger than 65 (VE: 47.9%; 95% CI: 9.9%-69.9%).

One reason so many died is because the vaccines did not match the dominant flu strain and were only 40 percent effective. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects. "Manitobans are encouraged to get the vaccine and reduce the risk of contracting influenza and the potential health complications that can come with it, both for themselves and for others".

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