Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week With A Flu Shot

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 6, 2018

While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, detected through the Influenza-Like Illness Sentinel Surveillance System.

As families gather to celebrate the holidays, health officials are urging people to make efforts to prevent the spread of the flu. Although influenza (flu) activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

There have been five flu-related pediatric deaths across the nation so far.

There are various flu vaccines available for the 2018-19 season.

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Some of the symptoms of the flu include a high fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, and more.

"Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children - three of which were in MS", said Dr. Dobbs.

In the case of those without a history of heart attack, stroke or heart disease, recent studies have shown that regular flu vaccinations decrease the likelihood of future cardiac events. One of the most effective safeguards is a flu shot. Seasonal flu viruses continue to appear throughout the year. This method is not recommended for heart disease patients or anyone with an elevated risk and is not widely used today.

According to ACIP, the most commonly reported reason for not receiving influenza vaccination before or during pregnancy was the belief that the vaccine is not effective (20.2%). So, it's never too late to get vaccinated. A flu vaccine is not only important for protecting yourself but also for protecting your friends and family members.

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