The Flu Shot Is Not Just About You

The Flu Shot Is Not Just About You

The Flu Shot Is Not Just About You

And a reminder: you can't get the flu from the flu shot; the virus contained in the flu shot is dead, not alive.

It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain.

During last years flu season, less than 50 percent of people in the USA reported having been vaccinated by the end of November, according to the CDC. Ironically, the latter of the three has had a very strong resurgence this year in Australia, especially the northeastern state of Queensland.

Patel said it also is important to realize that although the "seasonal pattern" for the flu usually is observed as about September through February, there is "no magic bullet" that makes it possible to only catch the flu during winter months.

"Connecticut is a lot like what we are seeing nationally", Bolduc said.

One of the best ways to prevent spreading the flu, aside from vaccination, is to recognize its symptoms and treat yourself at home.

"I'm really telling people now, with the holidays coming up and colder weather, that they really need to the flu shot now", Games said.

"Not as well known, in the two weeks to a month after you recover from influenza you have a 3-5 times increased risk of having a heart attack".

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The flu shot is an option that is highly advertised by health experts everywhere. "But right now we really don't have any great estimate for the USA and how effective our flu vaccines are so far this year".

That's an 11-per-cent increase compared to previous year (225,341 doses) and is more than the number for 2015 (224,953 doses) for the same point in the season.

We also researched bird flu strains by visiting a New England shoreline each year to take samples from birds that travel from the southern tip of South America and take a break to feed on horseshoe crabs. This makes it hard for health experts to predcit how effective at stopping the illness.

Remember that this flu season, it's not just about you-it's about friends, family and neighbors in your community. Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases.

One author disclosed holding two patents relating to influenza vaccines. The shot itself is made up of dead or inactivated particles of a flu virus.

Recombinant and cell-based platforms are two other vaccine technologies now available.

"The vaccine efficacy can be anywhere from 40 to 60 percent".

Evidence has been growing over the last several years about post-flu risks that most people and even some physicians don't know about, according to William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "Anything at all is better than nothing".

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