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October 17 2017, 09:22 | Doris Stokes
CDC, health department recommends getting flu shot now
More than 98,000 cases of flu have been reported in Australia this season with scores of deaths, including an eight-year-old girl last week.
According to the CDC, past year was a late flu season, with most activity happening between December and February, and not seeing a peak in activity until March.
As many as 166 million doses of injectable flu vaccines are expected to be available in the USA this year. Have they been somewhere and acquired it there? "Never in my worst dreams did I ever think it would end up like this", he said in a statement posted online.
So no flu here on the South Plains and no way to officially know when it will begin.
Earlier this month, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Michael Gannon warned the nation's leaders that the country was "woefully unprepared" for the upcoming flu season, while the AMA's vice-president, Dr.
"It causes a lot of deaths, especially in people who have a little bit of a health problem otherwise".
People should not get the flu vaccine if they have severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine, including gelatin and antibiotics. Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months or older, unless otherwise directed by a physician.
"You absolutely can die from flu and people die from the flu every single year", she said.
Quinlisk says it's too early to say how severe the flu season may be - but one indicator is the flu season in the southern hemisphere. "But as an advocate for pregnant women, what I hope doesn't happen is that people panic and stop getting vaccinated".
Another is being allergic to eggs. Like it did in 2016, the CDC is recommending the spray flu vaccine, also known as the live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV, not be used this year. It is important to remember that the influenza vaccine takes about two weeks to provide protection against the flu. If you, or someone in your care, is eligible to be vaccinated but does not receive an invitation, contact your GP to find out more about their flu vaccination clinics. If everyone is protected there is less chance of an outbreak. "Flu shots should be given yearly and as soon as they are available".
Dr. Kim Volz, who teaches residents that end up practicing in IN and Kentucky, says anyone can get the flu, but the really young and really old are at the most risk of getting seriously sick.