Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado. Brent Lewis—Denver Post via Getty Images
Celia Hoffman | 09 January, 2019, 20:23

Through 2018, the CDC reported just 13 influenza-associated pediatric deaths-89.9% less than the average USA pediatric death total reported in the previous 3 seasons (116.6).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 80,000 people died nationally, including 180 children, during last year's flu season.

Infectious disease experts David Cennimo at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School discusses this year's flu season and how you can protect yourself.

During the last week of December, Marion County emergency room visits related to influenza-like illness was at 2.70% - this is considered high.

What strains are prevalent this year? . H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so". "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

And, the seasonal flu can "shift and mutate" each year, which is why there are various flu vaccines available. The vaccination can reduce symptoms and duration even if you get the flu. "There's plenty of vaccines out there, most doctor's offices have some and if not you can go to any pharmacy to receive one".

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Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially risky virus.

"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year".

What complications can accompany the flu? In addition to pneumonia, serious complications include inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues, and multi-organ failure, such as respiratory and kidney failure.

Sometimes it disguises itself as a cold, but the flu, particularly H1N1 is increasing across the state every day.

When should you call your doctor? .

In the United States of America, antiviral medications and various flu vaccines are available in most pharmacies, who do charge fees for their products and services. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends.

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