Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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First Indiana flu-related death of the season reported by health department

First Indiana flu-related death of the season reported by health department

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. Here are some facts and clarifications on common misconceptions about the vaccine.

Ohio State Total Health and Wellness hosted by a Flu Vaccine Blitz for students.

Get the shot: Despite claims that you get the flu when you get the shot, this is actually false.

The American Academy of Family Physicians states that every year about 130,000 people go to a hospital with the flu and 20,000 people die from it. The attenuation allows the virus to replicate harmlessly in the upper respiratory tract so that an immune response can be generated - specifically antibodies (immunoglobulins), which are proteins that neutralize invading pathogens - but renders it useless at infecting the lung where disease normally occurs. You'll probably feel weak and exhausted, and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache, eye pain, and a sore throat.

A high-dose shot is available for seniors aged 65-plus, who are often at higher risk for severe complications from influenza, which in some cases can be fatal.

Bring disinfectant wipes: Public places are a breed ground for germs, so don't feel bad about wiping down those area you may touch, or you could feel worse if you catch the flu. He said a lot of people believe in a myth that influenza vaccination will create a health problem and it is not right thing to take vaccination for controlling flu. One of the most promising candidates for a universal flu vaccine was recently described in the journal Science - and it's based on antibodies produced by South America's camel, the llama.

People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick. The treated mice were entirely protected from lethal doses of the flu.Kevin Hollevoet, a bioengineer at Leuven University in Belgium who was not involved in the new study, noted that this strategy has been used to produce antibodies against other infections, such as H.I.V."I'm not surprised that it also works for flu", said Dr. Hollevoet. Receiving a flu vaccination helps prevent illness in the most vulnerable populations as well.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said.

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