CDC approves use of nasal spray for the upcoming flu season

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Setiembre 10, 2018

Since it takes about two weeks after getting vaccinated for your body to begin developing the antibodies that protect you from the influenza virus, you should try to get your shot by the end of October.

According to the AAP report, 80 percent of children who died from the flu previous year had not gotten a flu vaccine. 80% of those deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccine.

"Now is the time to get their flu immunization to make sure they are protected from the flu season", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

Another good sign is that so far, the strains of flu virus now circulating in southern countries appear similar to the strains that predominated during last winter's season here (notably, subtypes of influenza B and the H1N1 and H3N2 strains of influenza A), says David Topham, Ph.D., director of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence and professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

One potential clue: Countries in the Southern Hemisphere, like Australia, where spring is just beginning, are reporting relatively mild flu seasons, Pekosz says.

The flu shot is considered an inactivated vaccine.

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"We're bringing them into the schools where [the students] already are", said Katie Luebker, director of operations for Healthy Schools. "The effectiveness of the latest nasal spray vaccine for this upcoming season is more of an unknown against the influenza A/H1N1 strain".

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha with the Arkansas Department of Health said children between 6 months and under the age of 9 need to receive two doses of the flu shot, if they have never received the shot before. This year's vaccine contains one new strain of Influenza A and one new strain of Influenza B.

"It's a very common misconception that the flu vaccine can give you the flu".

"The efficacy of the flu vaccine varies anywhere between 30 and 50 percent on average", says Fries.

"There is overwhelming evidence, even from previous year, that the more people we vaccinate, the more we curtail the spread of the flu throughout our community", says Fries. "If we don't start vaccinating now...we might miss people", he said.

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York City had to be quarantined upon landing after roughly 100 passengers and crew were sickened with flu-like symptoms.

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