Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Health Officials Urge You To Get Your Flu Shot

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In Australia this past flu season, the problem did not appear to be a mismatch between the flu strains that were circulating and those that the available vaccine protected against, Fauci said. They could be several flu seasons off, but Fauci said he has "made this a high priority" in a budget that the Trump administration has targeted for 21 percent budget cut. The situation in Australia suggests this flu season could be even worse. The country is often used as a model for how vaccines will perform in the States. It can cause mild to severe illness.

Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses.

One other flu-related death occurred in Washington state this season, in Pierce County, as reported by Washington State Department of Health.

Universal flu vaccines could make the yearly flu shot - not to mention the yearly guessing game about which viral strains to match - a thing of the past. According to the CDC, 40,000 lives were saved by flu vaccines from 2005 to 2014.

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The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the US, some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from Australia, where the flu season is waning.

Said Dr. Lutz, "For decades, we only had one type of flu vaccine". Flu season in Spokane County typically peaks in February.

Now doctors say it doesn't matter whether or not you got your flu shot last year, you're going to have to come back for another vaccination because this year's flu is different.

With the holiday season here, many Rockingham residents are making travel plans, and getting ready for holiday office parties and big family gatherings. "Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated". He adds that avoiding public places during an outbreak, staying home from school or work when you are ill, and covering your mouth if you sneeze is key to reducing the spread of the virus. Dr. Fauci also tells Bustlethat people can lower their risk of catching the flu this winter by practicing proper hygiene, and washing their hands frequently.

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