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Bad Flu Season in Australia has US Officials Worried

01 October 2017

Following these two open clinics, Richland Public Health flu vaccines will be available by appointment and walk-ins through Public Health Nursing, 419-774-4700.

Garland said it's too early to predict how this flu season will turn out.

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend yearly vaccinations for almost all people over the age of six months, especially those at high risk.

Since 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked hospitalizations and deaths related to influenza each year.

Overall, however, the vaccines tend to be more effective for children, teenagers, and adults up to 65 years of age.

"Whether it be somebody with a newborn baby or an elderly grandparents or somebody at church that has immunosuppression maybe from cancer or something like that, so you do, you know, not only just to protect yourself but to protect everyone around you", said Robinson.

The vaccines are generally very safe. No, a flu shot can not cause flu illness.

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Health officials say don't be afraid of the poke from the needle.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness.

It follows warnings the United Kingdom faces the worst flu outbreak for nearly 50 years with an Australian strain likely to hit our shores this winter.

"Vaccine effectiviness ranges between 40 percent to 60 percent each year", said Dr. Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services. "I urge everyone 6 months and older to do the same as soon as vaccine is available in their community", he said.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and tiredness. As a result, the team focused its analyses on the one strain which was the least "immunogenic", i.e., the strain with low levels of antibody prior to vaccination. Medical experts recommend getting a flu shot by the end of October.

It's especially important for pregnant women to get their flu shot, Siegel said. Vedhara added that it's an observational finding, and its necessary to bear in mind that it lacks the cause-and-effect linkage, and the research team hopes to carry out a test where they can control mood and check vaccination effectiveness.

FluMist, a less painful nasal spray vaccine, once was popular with children.

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- Based on flu reports from the southern hemisphere, we may be in for a rough flu season this year.

Do you need one every year?

"Historically they've had an intranasal flu vaccination, but studies have shown that it's not almost as effective as the intramuscular injections", said Dr. Minior.

US health officials are preparing for a potentially busy influenza season, after the Southern Hemisphere was hit hard in the past several months by the H3N2 strain of the virus.

The flu circulates in Australia and Asia before spreading to the US and Europe.

Researchers suggest that positive moods may have something to do with how effective flu vaccines are in seniors.

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Bad Flu Season in Australia has US Officials Worried