CDC: Recognizing early flu symptoms in kids is vital

CDC: Recognizing early flu symptoms in kids is vital

CDC: Recognizing early flu symptoms in kids is vital

Shivering chills, body aches, fever, fatigue - it's flu season in Shelby County and across the nation.

He said: "This is the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 pandemic".

Doctors have a new tool to help diagnosis the flu. It is physically impossible to get the flu from the vaccine as there is no virus in the vaccine. There are as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu during a bad year.

Studies found many flu vaccines are not as effective because scientists grow them in chicken eggs.

The flu has claimed the lives of 37 children in the United States this flu season, which is more than the death toll of the swine flu epidemic of 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most compelling evidence to support immunizing your child against the flu comes from a study published in the April 2017 journal Pediatrics, which showed a significant decrease in a child's risk of dying from influenza if they were vaccinated.

The problems noted with seasonal vaccines have drawn renewed interest in developing a universal flu vaccine that can cover many strains for many seasons. The influenza virus' activity is twice as high this time of year than it has been in prior years. It takes several months for influenza vaccines to be produced so flu strains for the next season need to be selected even before the current flu season ends.

It's also essential to practice good hand hygiene, the agency said, because, "unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water". The majority of vaccine doses are made using chicken eggs, which adds time to the production process, but some doses are made in mammalian cells or by recombinant DNA technology.

Instead, the human immune system seems to pick up on the presence of a flu strain - from either the vaccine or the flu itself - and respond as if it were whatever the first strain it encountered had been.

He also announced the composition of the 2018 quadrivalent flu vaccine. To prepare for each flu season, the FDA has a key role in selecting the strains to be included in the annual vaccine.

Only those who receive the "four strain" flu vaccine are protected against the Yamagata strain. Most flu seasons start in the Southeast, in states like Florida, then move north and west. It would protect people from many strains of the flu.

Once the strains are selected, the FDA produces materials in our laboratories that are critical for making the vaccine. It is thought that non-egg-based vaccines are less likely to have mutations that lead to less protective effects.

People with the flu are infectious for up to seven days after symptoms begin, the Health Department noted.

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