TDH reminds Tennesseans it's not too late to get a flu shot

13 December, 2017, 06:06 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Two flu-related deaths in Imperial County

"Typically, we don't see flu starting to arrive in Pima County until February or March".

"We need to be prepared, alert and flexible".

It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis and pneumonia.

Gina Games, a pharmacist at JR Pharmacy in Terre Haute, says this could potentially be a rough flu season. Between Nov. 26 and December 2, 105 specimens were tested for flu virus in North Idaho, and 25 came back positive.

Get the latest health and science news, plus: burning questions and expert tips. The number of cases took flu's designation from sporadic outbreaks to widespread. This research is critical in order to understand what the next flu threats to humans may be. But those are from the shot, not a result of the flu virus. It's a game of cat and mouse trying to chase the newest strain.

Flu numbers across the metro are seeing a spike, thanks in part to this year's flu vaccine simply not being as effective as in years past.

Officials no longer recommend getting the vaccine via nasal spray.

What is the "Aussie flu" outbreak?

According to GCPH officials, getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.


The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. It protects not only you, but those around you, preventing you from passing the virus on to others.

Think of those who are most at-risk: your grandmother, your kids and other people with chronic health problems. You've probably even had it at least a few times before.

"I think that just reflects who gets swabbed", Shahab said.

There are many varieties of the flu vaccine. Previous year alone, the CDC estimated that the vaccine prevented 5.1 million flu illnesses. Michiganders can get a walk-in vaccine at a CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic, or at a Kroger Pharmacy or Meijer Pharmacy near you.

Have you got your flu vaccine this season, but you're now battling severe flu symptoms like you haven't?

MedExpress Urgent Care, which has 19 offices in Virginia, including one in Marion and another in Bluefield, Va., reported "seeing higher-than-usual rates of flu-like illnesses, especially in Virginia".

Experts have known for years that the success of a flu vaccine greatly lies with the manufacturer's ability to accurately predict which virus strain will spread the incoming flu season.

Schaffner said the high-dose influenza vaccine is effective in older adults with four times as much vaccine as the normal vaccine.

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