Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
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CDC reports on effectiveness of 2018 flu vaccine

CDC reports on effectiveness of 2018 flu vaccine

As cold and flu season gets in full swing, many people are prepping to avoid the virus by getting their flu shots.

The vaccine is intended for most adults, as well as children six months of age and older. "If the vaccination status is unknown for any child in this age group that child should be given two doses of seasonal flu vaccine".

Free flu shots are available for some this week.

Flu season has reared it's ugly head in the United States as the death of an unvaccinated Florida child has been confirmed due to the flu; the first pediatric casualty of virus season. Initially, that was blamed on a poor match between the strains of flu in the vaccine and the viruses circulating, but the vaccine actually worked about as well as usual. We call it herd immunity. But limit your exposure as much as possible in order to reduce your chances of flu infection. Fortune Magazine reported in mid-February that more than 4,000 Americans were dying daily because of the flu.

"Many people don't know that influenza is the number one disease preventable by a vaccine that causes deaths in Canada", said Newhouse in a phone interview.

Ontario, which began rolling out its publicly funded flu immunization program October 22, is already receiving reports of influenza cases in some regions of the province and has recorded its first few outbreaks in long-term care facilities. You want people to protect themselves and you don't want folks who are caretakers spreading influenza. It is your responsibility to keep yourself healthy and prevent the spread of illness to those around you, and the best way to do that is to get yourself vaccinated. If you get the flu in the second and third trimester, it can hurt the child and the mother. I know it wasn't from the shot because outside of the live attenuated nasal spray, all the other vaccines do not contain live virus.


In a 2011 University of MI study, scientists infected 17 healthy people with the flu virus and found that they all contracted the illness, but only half suffered from the symptoms.

"When the flu shot is given during pregnancy, it has been shown to protect both the mother and her developing baby", she said. I always tell people who say they had a touch of the flu, no you didn't. People may also be infected with influenza and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

"The flu vaccine can not cause the flu", she said. In some seasons, there are two peaks of influenza outbreak activity; one during the latter part of the year; and, another just before spring.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Tankut suggests that you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

An Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan and most other billable insurance plans are covered under Campus Health, and these plans also cover the $27 bill.

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