The CDC indicates that vaccines either contain an inactivated and no longer infectious strain of the virus, a particle created to look like a flu virus to your immune system, or a live virus that has been changed so as not to infect a person.
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. "In fact, the number of children who died from flu last year was higher than any other year except for 2009, during the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic". August Valenti, an infectious disease specialist, and Maine Medical Center's hospital epidemiologist.
"It's an educated guess as to what's happening eight to nine months ago and determining what we're going to see now or this season for the flu", Foster said. The vaccine match wasn't exactly where we would like it to be.
Today, the flu season continues to be a serious health threat causing approximately 3,500 deaths in Canada, according to the agency. While some think it is seemingly harmless, the flu is quite deadly. Last year, they didn't approve the live attenuated vaccine, which is a nasal spray and this year they did. They are most effective if taken within the first day or two of symptoms.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older. By getting vaccinated, you reduce your chances of getting the flu and then spreading it to someone else, especially those with weakened immune systems who have a harder time fighting off viruses, such as children under age 5, older adults and people undergoing chemotherapy. "It's a good time to get your shot now if you can.", said Bangor's Public Health Director, Patty Hamilton.
6. Does the vaccine work right away? Some patients complain that the vaccine makes them feel just as bad as getting the flu. There are a lot of misconceptions.
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This might not happen when you get the flu vaccine and have a fever, but these are possibilities. Even though there's no convincing link at all between autism and vaccination, that still is circulating around the Internet. Additionally, people in low-risk groups may decline to get a flu shot because of a sense of invulnerability. "The CDC doesn't want to confuse people more", he says. If not for themselves, for the people around them.
A stock photo of a woman receiving a vaccination.
Although everyone can get the flu, certain individuals are at higher risk for flu complications including difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or requiring hospitalization. That's why I'm so committed.
To help get the word out, Minister Elliott encouraged colleagues, community leaders and people across the province to get their flu shot and post about it on social media using the hashtag #FightTheFlu. Newhouse highlighted a vaccine called Flu Zone High Dose which is tailored for seniors because it helps strengthen their immune systems.
"When the flu shot is given during pregnancy, it has been shown to protect both the mother and her developing baby", she said. And then sometimes the vaccine may not be all that effective for some people.
As it does every year, the flu has arrived in Texas. And boy, oh boy, I was sick.