Most people believe the flu shot will not help them, but you can still catch the flu, regardless of getting a vaccination.
Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine, said that despite the high numbers of flu-related deaths a year ago, it is reasonable to conclude that vaccinations saved many lives.
The CDC, along with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Health care Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all health care workers in the United States receive the annual flu vaccine to help protect themselves, their families, and their patients.
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Many health insurance policies cover the cost of the flu vaccine in full, the report added. "We want people to get vaccinated as long as there's vaccine available". "But again, it is very hard to predict which exact strains will circulate because the virus can easily mutate".
Think twice before skipping out on getting your flu shot - your health AND your wallet may thank you.
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. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. So, of course, you can delay your vaccination or avoid it, but remember that vaccine takes 2 weeks in general to produce enough antibodies against the virus.
"Last winter was a particularly bad year for flu, with a rise in the number of cases and hospitalisations".
During the 2017/18 flu season, 64 people died from the flu in Alberta. During last winter's flu season, vaccines barely worked at all in keeping seniors out of the hospital, with roughly 24 percent effectiveness.
"Our flu season is usually based on the southern hemisphere's season that is just ending, and in the southern hemisphere, they did not have a bad year this year", Bhardwaj said. This is why everyone should get their flu shots early.
This season, protect yourself - and those around you - from influenza. "The strains of flu circulating each year are therefore always different, so people need to get a flu shot every year", said Roth. "Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to the get the flu jab".
The flu is more unsafe for some people.
"The Shot Heard 'Round the World", those familiar with Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1837 poem Concord Hymn instantly associates the phrase with the American Revolution; however, I suggest they could also associate the phrase with Jonas Salk's 1938 development of the Flu vaccine, or "shot".
The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.