NY Health Department: Influenza prevalent in the state

Dec 14, 2017, 10:19
NY Health Department: Influenza prevalent in the state

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have you rethinking your decision to shrug off a flu shot this year.

"Now you are relying on the antibiotics as a solution to the Swine flu when we all know that anytime there is a swine flu the quick thing to do is to vaccinate...so that those who do not have the disease they will be prevented from getting it and those who have already had then you manage them".

Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu".

Flu cases in Australia during the 2017 southern hemisphere winter resulted in record-high numbers of lab-confirmed hospitalisations and deaths, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, wrote recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year.

There have been 612 flu-related hospitalizations reported, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza. The flu shots were made mandatory for hospital staff and physicians beginning in 2016 and posters with information about the vaccine and flu are posted in doctors' offices and in the hospital pharmacy. Officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available. So does that mean it will be the same for the flu vaccine in the U.S.?

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Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.

Limitations of the study include the inclusion of only flu deaths from respiratory complications, which might underestimate the actual number of deaths. "With influenza activity on the rise, I encourage anyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones".

In addition to lowering your chances of getting the flu, the shot can also make the illness milder if you do catch it. Studies of pregnant women who get the flu shot have also shown it can reduce their newborns' risk of catching the flu by half.

The Ohio Department of Health, in issuing its most recent numbers, reiterated its stance that getting a flu shot is the best defense against the virus.

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