Health Officials: Tough flu season expected in Kentucky

Health Officials: Tough flu season expected in Kentucky

About 2,000 Americans age 18 and older participated in the annual online survey.

"While it will be important to have additional larger medical studies to follow up on the concern recently raised, the preponderance of medical research tells us that receiving influenza vaccine during early pregnancy is safe and is more likely to save both the mother's, as well as developing infant's, life", he said.

Health officials said there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu.

Flu season generally runs from October through April, and sometimes goes into May.

Past year in Lincoln County, 21 residents were hospitalized due to the flu.

Many argue that getting the shot too soon can lead to waning immunity, and CDC concedes that "delaying getting of vaccine until later in the fall may lead to higher levels of immunity during winter months, [but] this should be balanced against possible risks, such as missed opportunities to receive vaccine".

A puzzling study of USA pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all individuals get the vaccine.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy has spoken today urging people not to dismiss flu symptoms as "simply a cold" or "man flu". He has preliminary evidence that egg-adapted mutations were behind the weak protection seen with the vaccine used in the 2016-17 season, he says.

"Typically quote unquote the flu especially this time of year is its maybe a cold a severe cold, but its probably not influenza". The risk of an allergic reaction is less than one in four million.

Also available again this year is a high dose influenza vaccine for adults over the age of 65. More than 11,200 influenza cases were accounted for in July over the state.

When flu virus is grown in eggs to make the vaccine, mutations can occur in key places (red) on the viral surface protein hemagglutinin, which undermine the shot's protective powers.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill infectious disease expert Dr. David Weber said even though that November timeline isn't here yet, now is the time to get vaccinated. In these cases, a doctor will be able to advise on the best course of action.

On 12 September, Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine development division of the French drugs giant Sanofi-Aventis, announced that its quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the United Kingdom for the first time this winter, although not elsewhere in Europe.

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