Sunday, 17 December, 2017

More Oklahomans Hospitalized with Flu. Australian Strain Not a Problem Here, Yet

Kathryn Pool shares why every senior should get an annual flu vaccination Kathryn Pool shares why every senior should get an annual flu vaccination
Angelo Anderson | 08 December, 2017, 01:26

Flu is already widespread in several states. The contagious disease can lead to hospitalization - and even death.

The report stated that Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma have reported widespread activity during the week ending November 25.

'Continued efforts are needed to increase the percentage of the population vaccinated during the next few months in order to reduce the burden of flu, ' the authors of the CDC report said. Common concerns focus on efficacy of the vaccine and side effects. "The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 viruses in general". To prevent the spread of the flu, the public is reminded to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash hands often.

Some symptoms of the flu include fever, cough and sore throat.

Fortunately, no other deaths have been reported in connection with the flu. While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

Therefore, do you think it's worth getting a flu shot this year?

The groups medical professionals say are at risk for the flu, older people and pregnant women.

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"This is the time to get a flu shot", said Mills. As part of the series, Joan Mann also discusses how her adult daughter, Kendra, sadly succumbed to the flu at age 35.

By now, we have all had our flu shots, right?

Schwartz, who was not involved in the CDC reports, said some of her patients take the flu shot, but others do not. Influenza antiviral drugs may also be indicated as a prevention measure to protect those who have just been exposed to someone diagnosed with influenza and are especially vulnerable.

"Everybody's risk is different", Schwartz said.

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

But she said it's too early to predict what strain will predominate or how severe the season will be. "Many are hospitalized and some die".

"The effectiveness changes from year to year", says Spicer. Australian health records show an effectiveness of less than 10 per cent for the same vaccine used by Canada.

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