March 20 2018

Flu season arrives earlier than expected in Alabama

March 20 2018, 11:35 | Doris Stokes

Flu virus

Flu virus

Despite years of government urgings to vaccinate, just 45 percent of American adults got a flu shot last year.

Influenza seasons can be hard to predict varying from mild to severe depending on the season and the predominant strain of influenza for that season.

"The decision about what to put in the flu vaccine was decided back in February or March for the current flu vaccine we're giving out", said Dr. John Kelley with Redwood Pediatrics. Healthcare practitioners say that it is very easy to mistake the symptoms of the stomach flu for influenza, however, they are not the same. Children ages six months through eight years who have not been previously vaccinates will need two doses.

Both the CDC and DPHHS recommend that everyone 6 months and older obtain a flu shot every season.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; germs are easily spread this way.

"Contact your GP practice to arrange a convenient appointment and get your vaccine".

About 46.8 percent of Americans six months or older got flu shots during the 2016-2017 flu season, compared to 44.2 percent in MI, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Flu season is here and several cases of the flu have already been reported throughout the state of Arkansas.

Children in reception year and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the vaccine in school. "Unfortunately, we don't really have a good answer for when's the best time", Grohskopf says.

Contrary to popular belief, the effectiveness of the vaccine isn't usually determined by health departments selecting the right flu strains.

According to the NHS, people in "high risk" groups should get an annual flu jab to reduce their risk of infection.

With flu season set to begin on October 1, the medical professionals at Care Station Medical Group in West Orange and throughout New Jersey strongly recommend that everyone 6 months old and older-and especially those over 60-get the flu shot soon. In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sadly, sometimes even death. We should be washing our hands each time we use the restroom, before we eat and frequently throughout the day.

Aside from the fact that healthy people die from the flu every year, she said, it's important to remember that even healthy people can carry the virus and infect others without showing apparent signs of the flu.

Corby's Global Positioning System are urging at-risk patients to have the flu vaccine in September and October to get protected in time for the winter. Family members and others around babies should get vaccinated to protect the babies and themselves since infants under 6 months of age can not get vaccinated. "Our goal is to increase coverage for children of all ages".

Flu season is quickly approaching.

"We're a brand new office", said Robinson.

Professor Kavita Vedhara, from the University's Division of Primary Care, said, "Vaccinations are an incredibly effective way of reducing the likelihood of catching infectious diseases". "But we're still not meeting USA public health goals for vaccine coverage among certain groups".

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