Flu season on the horizon

Your excuses for skipping a flu shot are totally bogus

"Manitobans are encouraged to get the vaccine and reduce the risk of contracting influenza and the potential health complications that can come with it, both for themselves and for others".

So at these meetings, the researchers who have their lights on in their laboratories at night are here telling us about new technologies that are designed to create better vaccines for the future. In Kansas, influenza was the direct cause of death for almost 200 people last winter, according to health officials. During the 2017-2018 flu season, 391 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina, the most reported during a flu season since adult flu deaths became reportable in the state in 2009.

In conjunction with vaccinations, the CDC recommends that individuals utilize everyday healthy and hygienic habits to prevent the spread of influenza. He was cautious about the possible advantage with Flublok.

"As long as I'm alive and kicking", he said, laughing.

The flu vaccines are usually free, but it all depends on your insurance coverage, and your age. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.

Why not give it to everyone?

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"It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said. "In older people, we're looking at that declining immune system".

Between prevention, outreach and management, there are many ways to tackle the season that leaves so many people sick.

One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots.

"They're anxious about past failures", Johnson said.

A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season.

Clark said more effective vaccines could increase vaccination rates.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests no preference between different forms of the flu vaccine for the upcoming 2018-2019 influenza season. Each year, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. The previous high, in an analysis extending more than 30 years, was 56,000.

The flu vaccination has also been shown to reduce the severity of the flu in people who get vaccinated but still get sick, according to the CDC. "So I'm not just talking about vaccinating that child or that patient that's right in front of me".

Chris adds: "If you are 16 years old or over and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can still get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee".

Some people claim the flu shot can mess up your muscle, but this is yet another myth: While it may cause temporary muscle pain or tenderness, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

She experienced that herself, Johnson said.

He admits the shot is not 100 percent effective for everybody. But the symptoms only lasted for a day.

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The University of Minnesota community is gearing up for the approaching flu season. "And they're having a mild season (this year)".

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