Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

A Florida hospital surveyed 700 U.S. parents and found that more than half thought the flu shot caused flu.

First, college students are more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses than other populations. "So if you get it every September or every October, you're covered very well", said Kim Stanchfield, the team coordinator for Sentara Occupational Health.

According to experts, getting the flu vaccine by the end of October will give you the best possible protection from the flu virus.

Scientist and policy advisor Dr George Slim, 58, was one of more than 2000 Wellingtonians who took part in this year's testing, to help develop a longer flu vaccine. Every year in Scotland, children are hospitalised for the treatment of flu or its complications. A year later, at the close of the 2017-2018 season, the vaccination rate increased from 77 percent to 85 percent. It also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in almost every state for weeks on end. Dr. Bagatell says that's concerning because the flu season typically happens during the winter.

Taiwan CDC urges people who meet the eligibility criteria for free seasonal flu shots to visit its website (https://www.cdc.gov.tw) to find their nearest participating medical institution.

Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four strains of the flu.

However, scientists tucked away in Wellington are now a step closer to finding a universal flu vaccine that could last up to five years.

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One local pharmacist we asked about vaccine stocks declined to comment, but referred us to HS Forth Valley Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dr Henry Prempeh.

The flu vaccine is a preventive measure for people with other chronic illnesses, such as cardiac, diabetes and lung diseases.

Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but significant activity can occur as late as May.

The flu shot won't make you sick. Any Saskatchewan resident over six months old is eligible.

Rumour has it, the area is facing a shortage in flu vaccines, but according to the health unit, that's just not true. "If you haven't been vaccinated and haven't yet had the flu, you should get the vaccine". He assured us that you can not get the flu from the flu shot. Getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

Taege pointed out the flu can be much more unsafe than a simple cold.

Getting the flu jab could be a matter of life and death.

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