This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective as others


Dr. Karen Shelton, the health director for the Mt. Rogers Health District, said Thursday marked a change in the presence of influenza across the commonwealth. So far this year: 93 cases. For a widespread declaration, Shelton said, at least half the districts in the commonwealth have to confirm the presence of flu through hospital emergency room records. "Provincial reports indicate that influenza activity is at expected levels for this time of year", she said.

The now experiencing worse influenza prevalence than in previous years, with seven states already seeing widespread flu activity as of December 2, according to the CDC's surveillance.

Alani stated that no one should take their health for granted. One had received the flu shot and it is unknown if the second individual had received one. The CDC estimates that since 2001 flu-related hospitalizations ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 and deaths are estimated from 12,000 to 56,000. Of those 250 centers, its Virginia locations are experiencing the highest rates of ILI.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says as of last week, there have been 45 flu-related ICU admissions and one pediatric death across the state.

"It allows your body to build up an immune system without actually getting sick", Games said.

"Influenza can take a person who is functional in society and make them very sick, but after they recover they may never get back to that same level of function that they had before".

Officials no longer recommend getting the vaccine via nasal spray.

Between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians die each year from complications of flu and about 20,000 people are hospitalized.

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Mandel also suggests washing your hands frequently, covering your cough, and getting a flu shot.

DCHHS offers the flu vaccine free to all uninsured and low income Dallas County residents. However, this year the Southern Hemisphere has been a mixed bag, which means we can't say with certainty what's going to happen in the United States.

Kern County reported two deaths previous year associated with the flu, and had four severe cases.

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Flu season is upon us once again and health officials are encouraging the public to be vigilant and get your flu shot.

"I highly recommend the vaccine", Shelton said, noting that all the health district offices still have plenty of the vaccine available. [Find out where else you can get a flu shot]. "That is absolutely false".

A flu shot contains either an inactive flu virus (that can not infect you) or no flu virus at all.

Flu can cause a sore throat, coughing and a raised temperature What are the symptoms of flu? This can often last several days. "Most people have no reaction at all, other than mild soreness in the arm where the shot was administered".