Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Flu Season Is Here: How Not To Get The Flu Bug

The formulation of flu shots change every year according to what strains are active The formulation of flu shots change every year according to what strains are active
Anna Jefferson | 04 November, 2018, 19:43

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday announced the first flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season.

The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Thursday that the illness claimed the life of an adult in the central part of the state.

But as the country moves closer to winter, Canadians can expect the sounds of sneezing and hacking to ratchet up as the annual flu fest gets fully underway, say public health physicians, who would like to see the number of Canadians laid low by the virus dramatically curtailed. He said, a lot of patients were suffering from serious health consequences due to spread of influenza virus, therefore, its vaccination is a must for the children, adults and even elderly people to prevent them from further health deterioration. The agency recommends that you get a flu shot by the end of October, but you should still consider getting one if you haven't.

Now is the time to get a flu vaccine, which is considered preventive and in most cases is covered through employer-sponsored, individual, and Medicare and Medicaid health plans. But they increase when temperatures drop and the virus becomes more active.

In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring with activity usually peaking in January or February.

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The province is also reminding residents that the seasonal flu vaccine campaign is underway and the regular flu shot is free of charge to all Manitobans older than six months.

Nick Laursen and colleagues present a new strategy for achieving long-lasting flu virus protection based on broadly neutralizing single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) isolated from llamas immunized with flu vaccines.

Myth: Flu shots don't really work. "So I think some of the predictions around what we might be seeing this year is that we might be back to an H1N1 season". Of these children, 772 (23%) had a positive test result for influenza and 1674 (50%) were vaccinated in the enrollment season.

Despite the hope that this country may duplicate Australia's flu season, Murti said Canadians shouldn't assume there's no point in getting vaccinated.

Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death.

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