Could be the worst flu season

08 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Wilson Dawson
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"The flu has arrived here in Pennsylvania".

"We should be alarmed every year".

After people receive their flu shot, it is important to take preventative measures to continue staying healthy, health officials said.

Primary care physician at Ascension's Providence Family Medicine Clinic, Tim Martindale, and Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Public Information Officer, Kelley Crain, both urge Central Texans to continue taking flu shots, despite the medical journal's report.

Australia's flu season has seen record-high number of flu cases.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.

"Ten percent was the number in Australia". Experts believe that the USA will have to endure the most risky flu season, with the same characteristics as the 2014 outbreak.

Reported cases of influenza and flulike illnesses in Brazos County are about double the number seen this time past year, but that might not necessarily spell a bad flu season. "It is also notable to state that over time the flu vaccine does wear off, making it necessary to receive it annually".

"Some patients generate antibodies that are protective and others don't", Dr. Itskowitz explains.

But Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and one of the co-authors of the article, said in a phone interview Tuesday that he wanted to make one thing clear: some protection is better than no protection. Every year 200 thousand people are hospitalized on average. That's where the cost really goes up.

He reminds people to wash their hands with hot, soapy water often. During the last week of November, the vast majority — 80 percent — of lab-confirmed influenza tests in the USA were H3N2 viruses, according to the Center for Disease Control.

To find out where to get a flu shot the Florida Department of Health suggests you contact your doctor or your local county health department.

"If you are someone who is at risk, 10 percent of enhanced effectiveness against an illness that could be fatal is definitely better than no percent", said Dr.

The faulty refrigerator stopped functioning properly October 6, its cooling mechanism running continuously instead of cycling on and off, causing temperatures to drop to -3.4 C, effectively destroying the potency of two of three types of flu vaccines it stored, both the conventional one and a high-dose variant used for those ages 65 and older. "That means that the flu vaccine you received last year may be different than the one created this year".


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