Sweden's National Health Agency warns of flu vaccine shortages

Public health agencies say the flu vaccine is the best protection from the flu and its complications

Public health agencies say the flu vaccine is the best protection from the flu and its complications

"In terms of flu seasons, the last one was very severe".

In all, 134 people have been hospitalized this season, with most of those also occurring in Northeast Oklahoma.

No pediatric deaths attributed to flu were reported to CDC this week, which means the 2018-19 season total remains at five.

Did you know that Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season?

"The flu can be a deadly disease, especially for our sickest patients", said Emily Thorp, UCHealth's infection prevention manager in northern Colorado.

Tactic No. 3: 'If you get vaccinated, I will too ... The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that pregnant women with continued concerns or questions about the influenza vaccination should discuss these with their healthcare provider in order to make an informed decision regarding vaccination.

Statewide, at least 37 people have been hospitalized with influenza so far this season, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which is down considerably from a year ago when there were at least 210 hospitalizations about this time. Most people with egg allergies are able to get the flu vaccine. This is also a good time to slay a myth that has lived for too long: You can not get the flu from the flu shot.

The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies
The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies

Vaccination is needed every year because the Influenza viruses change every few years and scientists continue to monitor which viruses are circulating, and change the ingredients in influenza vaccines to match them. Anyone at risk of complications from flu should talk with their health care provider. They can also remind patients the flu can cause severe illness and death in some people, and the flu vaccine is a simple way to prevent this. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women, get a flu vaccine.

Looking at the new NORC report, Webby worries about "the quarter of people [age] 60-plus that are not getting vaccinated".

The shots at the parish health units on December 13 are no cost to everyone who participates.

"Each year, the flu vaccine must be reformulated to ensure it is effective".

"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza". The vaccine's effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

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