MN Health Experts Urge Flu Shots as Soon as Possible

MN health experts urge flu shots ASAP

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Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine in addition to a flu shot should call the Health Department for an appointment. "The CDC doesn't want to confuse people more", he says.

"There is a concern that some older people may have their immunity wane simply because their immune system is more frail, less robust", Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The season ran from October 2018 to May 2019, with activity increasing in November and peaking mid-February.

The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season.

Children should be vaccinated beginning at 6 months of age, according to the CDC.

If they do not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

Doctors blamed the poor match on a surprise second wave of H3N2 flu activity late in the season. Good handwashing habits are important in preventing the flu; however, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine.

"We recommend that because we really want to protect the population", said Stacey Anderson, DPHHS epidemiologist.

The funders, the GatesFoundation and Flu Lab, recognize that the development of a longer-lasting and more broadly effective flu vaccine requires innovative approaches across a variety of disciplines - including those beyond the traditional flu community. If more people got immunized, she says, fewer people would get sick - even people who don't get vaccinated. The mechanism is likely one of inflammation and stress in the body caused by the virus. "Getting your flu shot during pregnancy will give your newborn baby some protection with the antibodies that you yourself generated".

In fact, doctors say a handful of patients at the St. Augustine and Middleburg CareSpot have already been diagnosed with both A & B strains of influenza in the past week alone.

The childhood vaccination programme uses a flu nasal spray, protecting children and anyone they come into contact with.

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