Essex County records first influenza case of season

People with chronic illnesses at risk of severe flu

People with chronic illnesses at risk of severe flu

The best way to attempt to prevent the flu is by receiving a flu vaccination.

The nasal spray vaccination is available free on the NHS.

The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that anyone can get.

Flu viruses are constantly changing.

"20 percent of the people that we surveyed were not sure they would get vaccinated had it not been offered at the school or at a convenient location", Iocco said. Hemagglutinins are shaped a bit like a lollypop - they have a globe-like head attached to a stalk. While many are skeptical of vaccination, the flu vaccine does not "cause" the flu. When "flu season" strikes varies on a yearly basis, but flu activity begins to heighten in October, peaking between December and February, and tapers by May.

Experts agree that the 2017-2018 vaccine was not a "good match" - but that doesn't mean that the vaccine was completely ineffective!

Now featured is Carol Hayes, C.N.M., M.N., M.P.H., describing how she recommends the flu vaccine to her nurse-midwife patients and dispels concerns and myths about the shot, including the myth that the vaccine gives patients the flu. Manufacturers should stop using chicken eggs and instead prepare vaccines by growing virus in "cultured cells" - cells that have been removed from animals and are grown under controlled conditions. Many U.S. -licensed vaccines are already produced this way, such those for rotavirus, polio, smallpox, hepatitis, rubella and chickenpox, plus at least two flu vaccines. On average, flu kills around 8,000 people a year in England.

However, the holy grail of flu vaccines would be a "universal" vaccine that recognizes all strains, including newly-arising ones.

No appointment is required to get a flu vaccine at the Health Department.

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In spite of the importance of research on universal vaccines and the variety of approaches, there is surprisingly meager federal research funding in this area.

The Teton County Health Department can bill Medicare and other insurances for the cost of either type of flu shot.

"The reasons [for the drop in production] are complicated", Xia Huacheng, head of flu product development at Sanofi, told Sixth Tone on Wednesday at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, where the company is promoting its latest flu vaccine.

"We do know from the Southern Hemisphere, which is not always a ideal correlation, that it was a relatively quiet year for the Southern Hemisphere, and they were in an H1N1 year, which is included in this (year's) vaccine, so it could be a good match".

There is more of a need to get immunized in Goodhue County.

Within the population, a vaccine's effectiveness varies widely because it is affected by the general health and age of the recipient.

Becoming ill with a serious infection such as flu causes blood sugar levels to rise so high that they become unsafe, which is why people with diabetes, in particular, are at serious risk. Adults with weakened immune systems or young kids can spread the infection to others for even longer times.

McKinstry and fellow immunologists are studying a group of white blood cells called T-cells. "We want to turn it on, and we also want to make it as effective as possible". Flu can cause severe illness and can even be fatal amongst those with a long-term health condition. The development of a universal vaccine is more challenging but it promises much greater results, and deserves more support. Vaccines can and should continue to be given as requested throughout the influenza season, the CDC said.

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