Flu Activity Is Up Amid Questions About Vaccine Effectiveness

Flu Activity Is Up Amid Questions About Vaccine Effectiveness

Flu Activity Is Up Amid Questions About Vaccine Effectiveness

The Florida Department of Health said flu activity has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks.

There have been 1,143 confirmed cases in the state this flu season, according to a report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Doctors also suspect the flu season could peak later than normal this season - around February or March - meaning the entire flu season could go from now until April or May.

"There's just so many people that end up getting things like that, that don't get their shots, and they end up coming down with the flu", she said. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and even death.

Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious health problems related to the flu. "It's available, it's out there and there's really no reason why anyone doesn't get the flu shot". Games says getting the vaccine and washing your hands are the two most effective ways you can stay healthy this time of the year. This flu season, there have already been five pediatric deaths in the USA due to flu.

Flu Activity Is Up Amid Questions About Vaccine Effectiveness

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. If you do still get the flu even after your flu shot, it isn't because of the vaccine itself. "Last year spiked in late November and lasted later into the summer, whereas the year before flu season didn't spike until late January", said Farneti.

The United States will not be able to tell how effective this year's vaccines are until the flu season is over. This particular component is one of the four parts of this year's flu vaccine (and was also in last year's flu vaccine). He said flu strains always are out there, 365 days a year, readjusting and reforming.

People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children. The shot itself is made up of dead or inactivated particles of a flu virus.

The 2017 flu vaccine was creatd about a year ago. It takes roughly two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after the vaccine is administered, health officials say. She says so far they've seen a good turnout of people getting in and getting vaccinated. At-risk staff who can not receive a flu shot are required to wear a mask.

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