According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu a year ago.
Dr. Esper says having your child vaccinated can protect them from the flu - but it also protects people around them who may be high risk. But for people in certain groups it is especially important to get immunised against flu as the impact can be more serious and lead to complications. Studies have shown that it will help prevent you from getting the flu, though it is not a 100 per cent guarantee.
The flu vaccine is widely available at doctor's offices, area pharmacies, and various clinics. The largest initiative Boynton Health will handle during the upcoming months is setting up mass flu clinics.
He also said that this year, people with neurological disorders should strongly consider getting their flu shot. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection. And though children get sick more often, but complications and deaths occur more often in people of advanced age There are people for whom vaccination is desirable.
Overall, in the a year ago, despite what seems like a low effectiveness rate, the flu shot still managed to cut back on a person's risk of having to go to the doctor's office by 40 percent. Every year, medical experts analyze what influenza viruses will be a threat and then direct manufacturers to produce vaccines to protect against those viruses.
ESR scientists said July was normally when flu infections peak but this year they peaked in September.
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This year, the vaccine is equipped with the capability of handling the most common strains of both influenza "A" and "B" which are prevalent.
If you have a child aged two or three, get them vaccinated against flu with the free nasal spray flu vaccine from your GP.
Optimally, the flu vaccine will prevent you from getting the flu, but that's just one important reason to get immunized.
Your immune system may be strong enough to protect you from experiencing flu symptoms, but what about your grandparents, your baby nephew, or your friend with a weakened immune system?
"I came to get my annual flu shot, I have an autoimmune disease so I try to get it as early as possible", said Patricia Taylor, from Cromwell. What's more, CNN reported a study published last December determine the flu shot is safe for people egg allergies. The World Health Organization and the FDA in the United States have already selected the strains for the vaccine, and they've been tweaked to be more effective against the H1N1 strain, the main strain that caused the 2009 pandemic, and that was an issue in 2017 as well.