High dose flu vaccines recommended for seniors

Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway

Commentary: The truth about influenza and vaccines

The report also states that based on early data from Australia, which is just emerging from its flu season, the influenza vaccine this year may not be effective in combating the virus. Since 2010, 200,000 to 710,000 people have been hospitalized annually due to the flu, and 12,000 to 56,000 died each year too, according to the CDC.

Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it. "Flu shots do offer the best protection against seasonal flu". It is a serious condition especially for infants, young children, pregnant women and adults over 65.

"Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease", said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Infants need their first dose of flu vaccine at 6 months of age. Previous year the first flu-related death in Idaho occurred in December, and a total of 72 individuals in the state died due to flu-related illnesses. "This underscores how important it is for all of us to take precautions now to avoid influenza infections". The infection transmission may last for a long period among the children, as well as people with immune deficiency. According to a press release, last year, San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency reported its first flu death on October 4th, and in total, the county saw 86 flu-related deaths. In addition to washing your hands and staying home if you are sick, visit your health care provider, local public health district, or pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Once again, the Webster County Health Unit is urging residents to get an annual influenza vaccination to protect against seasonal flu. Flu vaccine will protect you from certain strains of influenza but it can not prevent flu caused by other virus strains not covered by the vaccine or illnesses that look like influenza, but are not.

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