Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

CDC reports on effectiveness of 2018 flu vaccine

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Celia Hoffman | 02 November, 2018, 14:35

"So if I got the flu shot today, it wouldn't be until mid-November that I'm actually protected against the flu", said Dr. Kerkering.

"When the flu shot is given during pregnancy, it has been shown to protect both the mother and her developing baby", she said.

Along with area pharmacies and physician offices, the Bartow County Health Department also is busy administering flu vaccines.

Some years are worse than others, but it is very hard to predict how severe an upcoming season can be.

"You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community", Green said. If you wait until cases of flu are widespread, it may be too late for the vaccine to protect you. Last year, nearly three-quarters of pregnant women protected themselves with the flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate about 80,000 people died of flu complications last season.

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When you get the flu jab, it triggers an immune response in your body. "In a high dose, there's only so much you can pack into a vaccine".

On the heels of the state's "worst" recorded flu season, Georgia Department of Public Health officials are emphasizing the need for the seasonal vaccination.

The exception to the rule would be if you were running a significant fever, more than 38C, this would be enough to put off the flu jab for now. The CDC reported that the vaccine was only 40% effective and other places reported lower than that. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Murti said the 2018-2019 vaccine should be a better match, as the H3N2 component has been changed to reflect what's predicted to be this season's dominant type of that strain.

While the vaccine isn't ideal, it reduces the odds of getting sick or developing a serious complication if you do get the flu, Drevets said. The flu presents with a fever (101-104 degrees usually), headache, muscle aches and often nausea and vomiting that lasts less than a week. "And to me - I have three kiddos - and of course I got them vaccinated, because I'd rather take that chance to have somewhat protection against whatever is circulating than none at all". Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, don't store tissues. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Others, including young children and people with weakened immune systems, may be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer period of time.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you're prone to stress, finding ways to manage its effects - such as incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily routine, and making sure you're practicing self-care like eating well and sleeping - can help make you more resilient against illnesses like the flu.

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