Not Too Late to Get Flu Shot


But it did not have to be almost as deadly as it was.

Today wraps up National Influenza Vaccination Week, and health officials are encouraging Kentuckians who opt to get those vaccines to do it before the peak of flu season in February. More than 900,000 were hospitalized. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. What happened? It's simple and sad. Some people may feel mild symptoms after receiving the flu vaccine, but nurses should emphasize that the symptoms are mild and brief, and are very different from the severity of symptoms of the flu. The American Academy of Pediatrics also cited that most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing disease.

We grieve for those who died and for the families who miss them. The outbreak reached Wyoming, and one of the notable locals to die in the pandemic was Irma Garlow, the 34-year-old daughter of Buffalo Bill Cody. Explain why the flu is more serious and why vaccinations are crucial. Now that the new flu season is already underway, the medical community is still urging the unvaccinated members of the public to get immunized. When the entire herd is immunized, the chance that the flu will reach the most vulnerable is greatly minimized.

More than 3.4 million extra doses were made available, allowing more than 85 per cent of people aged 65 and older to be protected. At an unusual meeting last month in Nashville, leading flu researchers met to discuss the obstacles to making a "universal" flu vaccine that works against the majority of strains that infect humans and lasts for years, if not a lifetime. As it turned out, the vaccine was 36 percent effective in adults, and almost 60 percent effective in children. Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.

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The benefits go far beyond that, though. Babies too young to be vaccinated.

Fact: The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone six months and older.

'Myth-busting' is closely tied to the first approach, except that it frequently involves exposing people to a piece of misinformation about the flu vaccine in an effort to discredit it.

If you haven't received your flu shot yet, now is the time to get one. The vaccine uses a killed virus, and every batch is checked to ensure this.

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In total, 52,000 cases of the flu were reported in 2018, compared with almost 250,000 cases in the same period past year.

This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'". Unfortunately, although it's easy to get the flu vaccine, not everyone does.

It was the 20th pediatric flu death recorded in MS since pediatric flu deaths became reportable during the 2008-09 flu season. "You really need to protect yourself so you can thereby protect them".

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