Flu vaccine clinics in South Lake Tahoe and West Slope

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 14, 2018

According to the group, a whopping 180 children died from last year's strain and roughly four out of five of those kids weren't vaccinated.

While it's true for some people, the flu can just feel like a bad cold, for others it can be more serious. "It is also critical for health care workers and people taking care of high-risk persons to be immunized". The WHO makes recommendations for the composition of the northern hemisphere flu vaccine every year; and this is published six months in advance to allow for vaccine production times.

A flu shot alternative is back on the table after the Center for Disease Control approved its use for this upcoming season.

Tom Keating, 76, of Decatur, near Atlanta, was at a nearby meeting when he chose to take advantage of the easy way to get a flu shot outside Northlake Mall. To study the question, the investigators looked at a database of patients over seven flu seasons, from 2010-2011 to 2016-2017. Patients were included if they were at least 1-year-old and had seen a doctor within seven days of the onset of flu-like symptoms. If you get sick with flu symptoms - fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuff nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting - stay home, don't travel, and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

Results showed that women were less likely than men (43% versus 40%) to end up with a positive flu test and were more likely (29% versus 23%) to have received the flu shot. The AAP states that the FluMist is not effective against H1N1 flu strain and is less effective against H3N2 influenza virus.

While the flu vaccine is not a flawless defense against the flu, it is still the best way to get protected against flu infection.

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Summary of data to support the choice of influenza vaccination for adults in primary care is available online. The vaccine is offered through local Global Positioning System and pharmacies.

Another possible biological cause for the difference in vaccine effectiveness is that testosterone can be immunosuppressive at high levels.

The newly available "adjuvanted" vaccine is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body's immune response to the vaccine.

"It's key that everyone understands our best protection is a seasonal flu vaccine, which are now available and can help mitigate the severity of this season", said Dr. Andi Shane, medical director of hospital epidemiology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

This comes after the publication by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the journal Biology of Sex Differences showing that a protein called amphiregulin (AREG) could be the reason why men recover from influenza more quickly than women.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said it is already getting reports of flu cases around the state although there's no particular pocket of outbreaks yet.

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