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2 more flu deaths in North Carolina raise death toll to 5

01 December, 2017, 06:38 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know

The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says both Oklahoma and Louisiana are seeing widespread influenza activity. Flu vaccines must be matched each year to the strains that will likely be circulating this year, but when different strains are active, the vaccine won't be as effective.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the latest deaths have raised the death toll for the 2017-2018 flu season to five. This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients-well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes.

Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available. When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause.

MYTH 3: There's no point in getting the flu vaccine if it's later in the flu season.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick.

So, the warning that was just put out that this year's vaccine may not be that effective didn't phase her.

Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue. "We're not saying it's a great vaccine", Bregier said. Not true. Although most people will feel generally bad, older people, young kids, pregnant women and people with underlying health issues are at a greater risk for complications from the flu.

One rationale for the arduous flu season may be that this year's presently developed vaccine may have disparate to the flu drain may have wound up propagating creating the vaccinations unproductive at intercepting the outbreak. Those hospitalized were people over 50 and children under 5. The influenza A virus was the most common flu strain.

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