CDC Warns of Nasty Flu Season

Alicia Farmer
September 14, 2018

This year's flu shots will protect against influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and one type of influenza B (Victoria).

Adults with chronic conditions need the flu vaccine because people with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely to die.

Even though 90 to 95 per cent of seniors living in long-term care and 65.5 per cent of people over 65 living in the community were immunized, all 63 people who died were over the age of 65. And fall may not technically begin for another couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about the upcoming flu season.

Myth #2 - The flu shot can give you the flu. Ideally all should get their vaccines by the end of October, the federal health officials state.

Investigators in this study wanted to ascertain the extent to which gender itself-not just cultural and behavioral norms around gender- could affect the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

There were record-breaking hospitalizations for the flu in metro Atlanta last flu season - more than 3,000 hospitalizations.

It's impossible to predict how bad this year's flu season will be. Men are more likely than women to say they're planning on getting the shot (49% vs 44%) or have already gotten the shot (6% vs 4%).

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The second patient was being treated in the tropical and infectious diseases unit of Royal Liverpool University hospital. He assured that the staff, other patients and their visitors are safe from getting the infection from this patient.

"I encourage anyone who is eligible to take up the offer of their free vaccine; it is there to protect you and the rest of your family from a potentially very serious illness".

Summary of data to support the choice of influenza vaccination for adults in primary care is available online. In addition, the authors noted that previous research has suggested women have "stronger innate and adaptive immune responses, including more pronounced antibody response to influenza vaccine, in association with higher rates of local and systemic adverse events following immunization".

Another possible biological cause for the difference in vaccine effectiveness is that testosterone can be immunosuppressive at high levels.

The vaccine this year is a new, improved one.

According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics all eligible children should receive the flu shot and the spray mist is to be used only for children who refuse the shots or for paediatricians who have run out of the flu shots. AREG is an Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)-like molecule that plays a critical role in wound and tissue healing following infection or injury.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said it is already getting reports of flu cases around the state although there's no particular pocket of outbreaks yet.

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