Time to get an influenza shot: 11 cases announced in Maryland

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2019

People who belong to a group at higher risk of developing severe illness: pregnant women, people older than 65 or under five, and people with chronic health conditions, should consider contacting their health care provider to ensure that they're on a list to get the flu shot first, Clark said. While CDC considers October 1 to be the official start to the US flu season, California officials reported two flu-related deaths in September, and other areas in the United States are reporting flu cases.

Tibby Koon is the Director of Nursing at Winston Medical Center in Winston County.

A new study from Ball State University in IN says the low unemployment rate could lead to the flu being spread more rapidly.

"Last year was amusing in a way", said Dr. William Schaffner, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases medical director and professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"In the 2018-19 season, there were 1,293 confirmed cases of flu across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford".

"Stay away from the flu". Drink plenty of liquids, of course.

"Even the healthiest people get the flu", according the Health magazine.

Adam Byrd specializes in Dermatology, but he works at Winston Medical Center several days out of the month- often treating flu patients.

Tracking flu activity in your area can help prevent you from getting sick. That's especially important for people who can not get vaccinated or have compromised immune systems. Vaccination campaigns like they have here today...

Myth: I should wait to get vaccinated so that my immunity lasts through the end of the season.

Misconceptions about vaccines have a number of roots, including a now-debunked study that suggested a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot and autism.

The CDC webpage explains that getting the flu vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization due to influenza in pregnant women by an average of 40 percent and in infants below six months of age by an average of 72 percent.

"The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and anyone they meet", Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in a news release. A total of 186 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during the 2017-2018 flu season, the most recent available data. "That helps", said Koon.

Two-thirds of United States women get neither vaccine during pregnancy - and that puts the babies they're carrying at risk of contracting life-threatening infections just after birth.

Despite experts' and officials' calls for USA residents to get vaccinated against the flu, close to half of US adults don't plan on doing so, according to a poll recently published by NFID.

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