There's still time to get a flu shot

15 December, 2017, 09:06 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Murrieta child dies of flu-related complications

Influenza, referred to as the flu, is now prevalent in New York, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said this week, meaning that any healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated are required to wear masks around patients. For accurate, clinical based evidence on the flu shot visit the CDC's website at and do yourself, your family, and your co-workers a favor and get your flu shot if you haven't already.

It's been reported this year's vaccine is only about 10% effective.

Virginia is considered one of just seven states across the country with widespread flu activity and it is still very early in this season.

Dr. Richard Wallace at UT Health Northeast said children are more likely to get the flu.

"This is a result of patients seeking health care for flu-like symptoms and means an increased demand on health care resources and longer wait times", said Carly Baxter, Communications Consultant with QHC. The article cites reports from Australia, where there have been record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher than average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.

Sometimes, more cases of Type B flu viruses will emerge later in the season, Caldas said. They consider findings from recent influenza respiratory mortality studies, including by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And despite recommendations from the World Health Organization to use flu vaccination to help protect people in high-risk populations, few developing countries have seasonal flu vaccination programs or the capacity to produce and distribute seasonal or pandemic vaccines, it said. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever.

Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. "It may well be that somebody got vaccinated on Monday and on Wednesday they got a cold, and what they'll do is attribute that cold to having received the vaccine, but there's no connection". One false misconception is that an individual can get flu from the vaccine.

Visit for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment.



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