There's Still Time To Get A Flu Shot

Elias Hubbard
January 28, 2018

"However the flu shot does protect against four different strains, so it's still your best bet in avoiding contracting any one of the strains of the flu, because it can come around again and you can get the flu a couple of times in the same season". Most doctors have a way of keeping infected people away from non-infected people.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread human flu activity in 49 USA states, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has reported an uptick in cases of the canine influenza virus H3N2, most notably in California, Kentucky and Ohio. Soap and water is best but alcohol based hand sanitizers can be used as well. It's a high mutater, so we didn't get the full protection from the flu vaccine.

52 of those deaths occurring in the last two weeks. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination can protect you against flu.

Flu trackers do not keep exact counts of adult deaths, but flu hospitalizations are higher among people in their fifties and early sixties this year than among young children, who usually are hospitalized at a rate only surpassed by the over-65 age group, he said.

Children under the age of 9 getting their flu shot for the first time will need two doses.

CDC typically conducts studies throughout the influenza season to help determine how well flu vaccines are working.

The flu is a virus that appears in the mid to late fall and leaves in February or March each year.

Everyone is at risk for getting flu. The CDC says the current flu vaccine in the US has a success rate of around 40 percent. They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.

But the flu isn't the only thing slowing people down this time of year. It's also important for those people to check with a doctor promptly about taking antivirals if they get flu symptoms.

For more information about the seriousness of flu and the benefits of flu vaccine and treatment, talk to your family's doctor or visit the CDC Flu Website.

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