At-risk Borderers urged to get flu jab

Record numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July

123RFRecord numbers of Kiwis had opted for a flu shot this year with more than 1.29 million doses having been distributed by early July

"We can stomp out the flu, or limit its opportunity to spread, if everyone gets the flu vaccine", said Richard Lockwood, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

"Unvaccinated staff can spread the flu virus among patients without necessarily falling ill themselves". But how does it work, exactly?

"Whenever you have a prevalent flu strain in one season you're going to see that one in your next vaccine".

However, this year the vaccine has gotten a tuneup "to better match circulating viruses", according to the CDC.

People in Cumbria who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common and this year's vaccination programme is now available across Cumbria to all eligible people.

In an exclusive Video Conference Reporter video from IDWeek 2018, William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, characterizes the current vaccine's efficacy as "good, but not great", discusses what is being researched, and breaks down some data from the meeting.

Which viruses am I protected against?

Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are all fair game. I'm not gonna put my quarter on one or the other.

"Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later", Parrish said.

Although Massachusetts has ranked high in its overall immunization rates - 50 percent of all residents received vaccines in 2015-16 flu season, that percentage dropped from 55 percent the year before; the lowest rates of vaccination are in residents 18-49, at 40 percent for the 2015-16 season, but rates for all age groups dropped slightly as well. "So it makes sense, if you have the inspiration, ability and desire to be vaccinated against influenza", - said the doctors. "Those 80,000 people who died past year from the flu, guess what?"

But when it comes to getting your child vaccinated against the flu, what's best - the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80,000 people died from the flu and 900,000 were hospitalized with symptoms last season in the United States. "It's extremely important that children six months and older, all the way up to the elderly, get their flu shots". There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.

Both the students giving and receiving the vaccines are always overseen by professionals, Johanna Burgos, a 33-year-old El Camino nursing major, said.

Doctor Katz says the flu shot is free to all Manitobans. You can not get the flu from the flu shot, and we say this over and over again. There has also been a push for providers to offer flu shots to patients who come in for non-flu related reasons.

A lot of people assume that if they're typically "healthy", they don't need to get the flu shot. And perhaps a vaccine that we might only have to get every 5 or 10 years.

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