March 18, 2018

Public Health urges flu vaccination in Trinity

24 February 2018, 06:52 | Darrell Baldwin

Flu shot

Flu shot

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of January 28 Augusta Health has reported 821 cases of flu across its network of doctors and has since imposed visitor restrictions to protect patients and staff. Whether you are feeling ill or not, it is best to get vaccinated.

Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn't working against the flu bug making most people sick.

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for February 16, the CDC released its interim estimates of seasonal vaccine effectiveness for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Health providers across Texas have been battling a severe flu season that is sending thousands of patients to doctors' offices and hospital emergency rooms.

Another option is to get the flu shot. According to the NY Times, Senator Chuck Schumer asked the federal government to appoint a "domestic flu surveillance team" to collect data to better target the flu.

The number of lab-confirmed flu cases declined last week-from 973 to 721-, after two weeks of increases due primarily to a surge in influenza B cases. This past year, H3N2 has dominated.

"Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is doing an outstanding job getting staff vaccinated, with almost 100 percent of their personnel immunized against the flu", said Dr. Elnahal.

Apprehension and misinformation about the flu and flu vaccinations spread online can easily be debunked by referencing accredited sources. This, along with the egg-based vaccine production method that makes the virus prone to mutation, has made it hard for researchers to develop a highly-effective flu vaccine.

"Many people claim that the only time they ever got the flu is when they got the flu shot and that's not true", Conrad said.

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. "This is nothing compared to either the symptoms or duration of the flu!" The boy had pre-existing health conditions that contributed to his death, officials said.

Flu activity has been rated as "high" throughout most of the country.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. Hospitalization rates presage death rates, so there is gravity in this data. It is that you do something to help ensure you make through flu season healthy.

"With flu cases reaching epidemic proportions in NY, we must do everything in our power to fight this virus and keep New Yorkers safe", Cuomo said. The help desk at the Sakowich Campus Center is giving out free flu kits to help prevent spreading the flu, take one while heading to class or getting a sub in the Den!

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