Time for that flu shot: Influenza virus already circulating

Time for that flu shot: Influenza virus already circulating

After the vaccine is administered, it can take up to two weeks for antibodies to develop to protect against the flu.

Price was joined by Patricia A. Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse and director of infection prevention and control at Children's Minnesota, a pediatric health system, who said 105,000 USA children died of influenza past year.

Flu is most risky for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

World Health, the CDC and most medical providers recommend flu shots for most individuals (six months of age or older) as a preventative measure against the virus, which is expected to rear its ugly head soon. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people can die from flu-related causes every year.

The worrisome news came as the government urged Americans last week to make sure they get a flu shot before influenza starts spreading widely.

If you don't fall into one of those categories, enter your zip code at Flu.gov to find a location near you providing flu vaccinations. Nurses manning the special drive-through clinic will administer the shot to participants 18 years of age or older right in their vehicles.

The flu clinic will run from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. and will offer free flu shots to those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the shot.

Ninety percent of workers at long-term care facilities with flu vaccine mandates got their shot.

A person with flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.

For more about the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flu vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness.

It's especially important for pregnant women to get their flu shot, Siegel said.

The team also emphasises that the mood effect was only significant for one of the flu strains in that year's vaccine, H1N1 - and participants had the smallest levels of antibody for this one prior to vaccination.

In 2009, when the virus first grew into a pandemic it was a latecomer to the season, so scientists didn't have enough time to include it in that year's vaccine, said Alexandra Hayes, immunization outreach program coordinator for the health district.

For more than 20 years the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, or NFID, has gathered public partners to address flu season.

Are there any really effective home remedies you recommend for people with cold or flu symptoms?

Even more troubling was the fact that many victims got their flu shot, and the flu shot was well-matched against the H3N2 flu virus. "It's much more likely to keep people out of the hospital or out of the grave", he said.

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