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Flu vaccine less effective this year

21 September 2017

There are a few children who can not receive the nasal spray and they will be offered the injection instead.

The BC Centre's Skowronski says many influenza researchers are hesitant to discuss problems with the vaccine "because they're afraid of being tainted with the antivaccine brush". "Most people say get them as soon as you can". "You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine", she said. Genetic comparisons, he says, would yield a better match. There will be also a high dose flu shot available specifically for people age 65 and older.

The federal Department of Health's latest influenza surveillance report, which recorded flu prevalence up to 1 September, said the virus peaked nationwide in the fortnight ending 18 August, with this season's outbreak showing comparable or higher levels than in recent years. Possibly, that's the most likely scenario because we're not seeing any other flu activity around the city. He said the treatment is better, too.

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Flu season is just around the corner, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department urges anyone six months of age or older to get the flu vaccine, which is now available at all MOVHD locations. The flu season may have peaked but it is not over yet.

Some data show that calls for flu shots sometimes fall on deaf ears. People who are more vulnerable for serious flu complications include children under 2, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, cancer patients, people with diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease or kidney or liver disorders.

Previous year in Lincoln County, 21 residents were hospitalized due to the flu. We experienced less severe activity a year ago compared with England, which is likely to be as a result of our comprehensive childhood programme. They do not guarantee protection, given the ready ability of flu strains to mutate, but they are considered far better than merely hoping to avoid infection.

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CDC declares no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved injectable influenza vaccines.

Contact your private physician or your local county health department for a flu clinic schedule.

Lourdes will give out free flu shots to the first 100 people at the McCracken County Library on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 noon.

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Flu vaccine less effective this year