West Virginia health officials urge flu vaccinations

Henrietta Strickland
December 1, 2017

Oklahoma health officials say a total of 105 influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported across the state since the current flu season began on September 1.

The vaccine this year may not offer much protection at all. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.

The vaccines do have other benefits and can protect against other deadly flu strains, and this year, we might need all the help we can get.

"Children can not get the flu vaccine until they're six months of age".

USA health officials are bracing for a devastating flu season this winter that many people won't even be able to ward off with their annual flu shot.

During this egg-based production process, flu strains may acquire changes that facilitate their replication in eggs but that reduce their effectiveness at preventing flu, the paper said. People aged 65 and above are urged to get a high dose of the flu vaccine.

North Carolina reported 219 flu deaths in the 2016-17 flu season, mostly among the elderly. Intradermal shots have shorter needles that penetrate just skin, rather than traditional intramuscular shots.

"Recently, a lot of kids have been getting sick more than the adults, actually, because you got the kids in and out of school, the germs, everybody playing around and stuff, coughing", Egypt Galloway said. Its figures also show that from 2010-2014, annual influenza-associated deaths ranged from a low of 12,000 (during the 2011-2012 season) to a high of 56,000 (during 2012-2013). CDC estimates that flu resulted in 9.2 million to 35.6 million US infections since 2010. Spokane Regional Health District's web site also offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community.

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