States Report Widespread Increase in Flu Cases

Flu Shot Bermud Dec 26 2017

"The flu vaccine has to be formulated months in advance in order to have it ready".

Infants should receive two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart, the agency said, adding that children born past year or earlier who have received one shot of the vaccine can receive a second shot before they enter elementary school. However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot.

But there are hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths due to the flu in any given year, according to the CDC.

Their findings echo the report last week from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that the flu was surging around the country.

Doctors are warning flu season could peak next week.

The flu can be easily transmitted from your hands - "It's critically important" to avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face after potential contact with the virus.

And even though the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, doctors say that's not a good enough excuse for you not to get vaccinated, especially since Louisiana is suffering from a "widespread" threat this year. Why, then, isn't everyone getting that annual flu shot?

McGeer says four in one week is "relatively speaking, a small number", but generally a sign that the flu season is underway.

"There's still a benefit to getting vaccinated because if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be milder", Troisi said. Here's what you need to know about the 2017 flu shot's effectiveness-and the upcoming sick season in general. It may be more effective at protecting the elderly because their immune systems are more fragile. These include aches, low-grade fever, and soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Usually these symptoms will occur within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot has been administered.

Myth: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
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"There are medications that you can take to shorten the duration of the symptoms and also reduce the risk some of the complications from the flu", Dr. Holder said.

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