Five myths about the Flu with Dr. Marshall Dawer

Five myths about the Flu with Dr. Marshall Dawer

During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season (October to May), more than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized. A person infected with the influenza virus may exhibit some or all of the symptoms. Since the vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body, getting the vaccine now will offer protection when the season begins.

First, college students are more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses than other populations.

Shahab said more and more pharmacies have been offering the flu vaccine every year, with 340 offering it out of 380 in the province. However, if you are not able to get a flu shot at that date and time, you can contact Wagener for a flu shot. Last flu season, DPHHS recorded over 10,000 cases, 979 hospitalizations, and 79 deaths related to influenza. It also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in almost every state for weeks on end. Uptake in the 2017/2018 season in Ireland was just 45%, which is not enough to provide the so called "ring of protective immunity" around vulnerable patients.

Holmes said the flu vaccine becomes widely available to the general public in late October.

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.

As for the vaccine, some people worry the vaccine actually gives people the flu. The CDC reports that during the 2017-2018 flu season, almost half of those who chose to vaccinate against the flu were able to avoid it.

Healthy Aging Tip: With cold and flu season upon us, it is important to make sure you are doing what you can to keep your immune system strong.

Doctors say the flu is a serious disease that should not be taken lightly.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, is reminding those eligible to get the vaccination to have it done now. Children under six months shouldn't get a flu shot, per the it safe for moms with babies growing in their uteri to get the prick?

"For years all flu vaccine was made in eggs - it is affordable to do it that way, so if you are allergic to eggs you could potentially have a reaction to the egg protein", Ramsey said.

Getting the flu jab could be a matter of life and death. "Herd immunity" is a theory that if everyone in a group or community is vaccinated against a particular illness, such as the flu, everyone will be protected against that illness.



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