Flu season on the horizon

Flu season on the horizon

"Well it is a myth" said Baron, "the flu shot is not a live vaccine". An average of 200 thousand people will be hospitalized from the flu every year.

"We're optimistic that this year the match will be better", said David Priest, chief medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health, the 15-hospital network based in Winston-Salem. "Flu vaccines are especially important for those of us as we age who have other conditions which become more complicated: cardiac, pulmonary and kidney disorders, along with cancers and diabetes". He was cautious about the possible advantage with Flublok.

"As long as I'm alive and kicking", he said, laughing. With about 10,000 of those being students, one-fifth of the student population received a flu shot from Boynton previous year. The answer is mixed: the effectiveness of last year's vaccine, in a report from the CDC, was estimated to be only around 40 percent.

In conjunction with vaccinations, the CDC recommends that individuals utilize everyday healthy and hygienic habits to prevent the spread of influenza. Various MU Health Care locations and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services are offering flu vaccinations, including free vaccinations for students enrolled in Columbia Public Schools.

Still, there are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting their doctor.

"All that means is they put more of the flu particles or antigens in the vaccine compared to the standard dose", Prabhu said.

Why not give it to everyone?

There are many factors that lower the immune system which are common on any college campus. For most people, they lessen symptoms and reduce the need for hospitalization.

And Christiana Care Health System says it plans to vaccinate nearly all of its 12,000 employees at an event Thursday.




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

Hilderman said Manitoba saw a rise a year ago in the number of people getting a flu vaccine - 22.5 per cent of the population.

Still, even a disappointing vaccine lessens the severity of illness and saves many lives, officials say. They're recommended by everyone from 6 months old and up. It comes down to the amount of the people the flu affects.

According to numbers released by the province, 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter.

The number included 180 pediatric deaths in 2017-18, the most since those numbers started to be collected in 2004. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older. "So I'm not just talking about vaccinating that child or that patient that's right in front of me".

That's not great, Johnson said, but it's better than nothing. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins".

Hilderman adds H1N1 is the strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic, but not to worry.

Gov. John Carney and other state officials were among hundreds of Delawareans getting their flu vaccine Tuesday at the third annual Division of Public Health drive-thru flu clinic in Dover.

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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