The time to get the flu shot is now, according to doctors


The Jefferson County Health Unit held its annual mass flu shot clinic from 8:30 4:30 p.m. Thursday to provide Jefferson County residents with free flu vaccinations. Like with every year, this year's flu vaccine has changed and been updated to hopefully better protect people against the flu. "Acute influenza initiates a systemic that is a whole body inflammatory reaction, this inflammation continues beyond the resolution of the acute illness". The "stomach flu" describes illnesses with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

A person receives the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot).

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds 80,000 people died from flu complications in 2018, and 900,000 were hospitalized.

The 2017 vaccine has been widely criticized for not being a suitable match for combating the past strain of flu.

Officials determine the composition of the vaccine each year. Experts advised against using FluMist during the past two flu seasons because the vaccine's component targeting the influenza A (H1N1) strain was conferring inadequate protection.

CDC officials do not have exact counts of how many people die from flu each year. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The season was the first to be considered "high severity" among all age groups, the agency says.

Around 63 percent of school pupils were protected past year.

Adults who get the vaccine are less likely to suffer complications that require hospitalization. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow".

Vaccination varies widely among states and specific groups. The rate among pregnant women also fell from last season, with just less than half getting a flu shot compared to 53% during the 2016-2017 season. According to Webb-Collins, this is particularly important when it comes to school children who may come in contact with classmates who are not vaccinated or are sick. She explained that during pregnancy, even a healthy pregnancy, the immune system is not working full throttle. But they said it is not expected to go down. "We hate H3N2." When a doctor says it's bad, you know it's bad.

While vaccination remains the best way to reduce the risk of influenza and related complications and to prevent the spread of the virus, influenza vaccination rates across certain populations are substantially lower than US public health goals. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow", said Dr. Schaffner.

"We don't know what's going to happen, but we're seeing more encouraging signs than we were early a year ago", CDC flu expert Dr. Daniel Jernigan told the AP. Young children are at high risk of serious flu complications due to their age, and a potential drop in coverage in this age group is concerning. The 2017-2018 flu season began early and lasted for an unusually long time.

Adams said estimating potential infections and deaths for the upcoming flu season is answering the wrong question because "we look at every season as a bad season. It's about getting everyone around that individual vaccinated" Dr. Adams said.

Even if a vaccine is less effective, it's still enough to help protect you.

The CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. When you are sick, keep your distance from others too, and stay home from work, school, and errands. Clean surfaces frequently exposed to germs. There are drugs your doctor may prescribe for treating flu called antivirals. Antivirals need to be provided early after the onset of symptoms.