Will you get the flu shot?

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 7, 2017

Flu activity is listed as widespread in four states: Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Nationally, three states, in addition to MA, are seeing widespread cases of the flu.

"There seems to be an uptick, especially in the last week, in flu-like illnesses", he said.

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The paper says the implications for the Northern Hemisphere are not clear but states that since most of the USA influenza-vaccine supply is now produced in eggs and the composition of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere vaccine is identical to that used in Australia, it is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate.

Skiest said people can avoid numerous complications associated with the virus by getting the shot.

Taiwan has about 2.5 million to 3 million people with chronic liver disease and those who have liver fibrosis or liver cirrhosis have weaker immune systems and are at greater risk of developing pneumonia after catching the flu, which can lead to serious complications or even death, said Lee Mau-hwa (李懋華), chief executive officer of the Good Liver Foundation's medical development department. "Now, they should get it sooner rather than later, because it takes about two weeks for it to become effective".

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