Doctors expect better flu vaccine match as sneezing, hacking season begins

Commons Jordan Schulz

While flu - or influenza - is most serious for older Americans and people with certain chronic conditions, influenza can affect people of all ages and lead to hospitalizations, significant health complications and even death.

The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Thursday that the illness claimed the life of an adult in the central part of the state. "The goal in offering this particular vaccine is to further mitigate the health risks that come for Manitobans living in these care facilities when flu outbreaks occur, which in turn reduces the strain on emergency departments and urgent care centres". Those that wish to get their flu shot after November 21 will need schedule an appointment with the Health Department.

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The only other flu-related death in Washington this season happened over in Pierce County. The clinic was held last year too and it was such a success, they held it again this year. But they increase when temperatures drop and the virus becomes more active. "Flu vaccine is made from an activated form of influenza virus and virus component can not cause any element of disease".

It's now the second death for this year's flu season. Not only was there a high number of cases of H3N2 starting in the fall, but there was a late winter-early spring surge of influenza B cases.

One thing experts do know is that getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent infection, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to get vaccinated before the virus starts spreading throughout the population.

"No, doc. When I was younger I would get it and always get sick, so now - at my age - I think I will pass on it this year and take my chances".

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.

Dr Rizwan Uppal said we can protect ourselves from this disease by adopting small methodologies like keeping the hand washing all the time, not to touch anybody having this virus, and wash hands properly in case of shaking hand with the affected person, disposing off the tissues papers properly after sneezing coughing and cleaning our hands especially in gathering.

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