Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Health Department urges flu shot

Health Department urges flu shot

3, the CDC has reported a total of 63 flu-related pediatric deaths nationwide.

"Getting the flu shot is the same kind of sensible precaution as buckling your seat belt", says Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a report. "Call 311 for information on how you can still get a flu shot, and contact a doctor immediately if you feel ill".

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics February 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

"The vaccination is safe". "It is still your best defense". "Protection is higher against other strains included in the vaccine and can help flu illness be milder and shorter for those who still get sick".

The H3N2 Type-A influenza has caused a progressive increase in viral infection because of its severe resistance to the vaccination.

Scientists are still trying to puzzle out why the vaccine was relatively ineffective this season.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, every region of the state is reporting a high activity level of influenza. Flu vaccines are made using eggs, which is unusual. The CDC's midseason estimates of vaccine effectiveness against H1N1 is 67 percent and against B viruses 42 percent.

"They actually picked the correct strains within the vaccine", he said.

The CDC states the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. "This being a particularly bad flu year, people can still get prevention with a vaccine", Solomon said. She was not involved in the CDC research. Flu strains mutate every year. This is believed to work a little bit better in that age group. That ties the highest level seen in the US during swine flu in 2009. In addition, those aged about 50 to 69 are becoming infected and dying at higher rates than usual. Even if people still have symptoms, he said, shots usually reduce the odds of severe disease and hospitalization.

The levels of flu-like illness are around what the US saw in 2009, another bad year, said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.

The Public Health Department says 250 to 1,100 MA residents die annually from flu-related complications.

"The strains that are circulating are the strains we predicted".

Cover their coughs and sneezes.

The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately but takes about two weeks to offer full protection. "Do it for yourself, your family and your community".

"I was in bed for about a week and had the worst congestion and headache", she said.

Flu season is still here and several preventative measures exist for an individual to avoid catching the virus.

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