National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season.

You can't get influenza from flu shots, specialists stress.

Compared to this time a year ago, experts say there are double the number of confirmed cases of the flu.

'We don't know what's going to happen but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia, ' Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. The weekly report is now available online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and will be updated each Friday before noon.

To make things worse, the National Institutes of Health says this season's vaccine may only be 10 percent effective against the severe strain of flu. Because it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protective antibodies against the flu following vaccination, Kentuckians who have not had a chance to be vaccinated should seek out the opportunity now.

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"We're still in the early stages, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't get a flu shot", said state Department of Health spokesperson Kim Deti. There are still 58 of those vaccines available. "It's protecting those around you who are maybe amino compromised and are actually more at risk of the complications of the flu", she said.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

While the focus on immunization is not necessarily new, there are some new developments and recommendations for the 2017 flu season.

Medical experts warn that the upcoming flu season could be more severe because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness.

Number of times each month during which the flu season peaked from 1982 to 2016.

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