First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

08 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Garry Little
  • A pharmacist at the Wal Greens on Wilson Street in Brewer prepares to inject a patient with the flu vaccine

Flu activity is listed as widespread in four states: Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

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

"We recommend that for everyone 6 months and older, if you haven't received your vaccine yet, now is the time to get it", said Shannon Stokley, an associate director for science in the immunization services division at the CDC. Common concerns focus on efficacy of the vaccine and side effects. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.

Experts believe the flu virus is spread when a sick person talks, sneezes or coughs. Most people recover in less than two weeks. A typical case can last close to a week; serious complications include dehydration and pneumonia. While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

Well, not exactly. According to federal government statistics, less than half the adults who should get the influenza vaccine each year actually do so.

Both deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65.

Are pregnant women getting "appropriate" care?

Flu shot producers expect to make between 151 million and 166 million doses of vaccine this flu season.

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Still, "I believe it's worth getting the vaccine", Siegel said.

Despite those misgivings, she encourages the elderly and those with underlying heart and lung conditions or with suppressed immune systems, who are vulnerable to influenza and its complications, to get their shot to obtain "all the protection you can get".

Usually, a H3N2 portends a severe flu year, but mild H3N2 years have also occurred, she said.

If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible. It's the single best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the flu this holiday season - and throughout the year.

Flu shots are available at more than 300 locations around Vermont.

"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said.

Flannery explained that the journal article looked at Australia's most recent flu season and highlights the low vaccine effectiveness against one type of influenza: the H3N2 strain predominating in the U.S. today. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season.

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