14 December, 2017
According to the centers for disease control and prevention, more than 7-thousand cases of the flu have been confirmed- which is double compared to the numbers from past year.
We're in the middle of flu season and on average in Georgia flu vaccines have been about 42 percent effective.
According to the CDC, previous year in 2016, only 41.6 percent of people in Louisiana got a flu vaccine.
Flu cases in Australia during the 2017 southern hemisphere winter resulted in record-high numbers of lab-confirmed hospitalisations and deaths, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, wrote recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Haman doesn't understand why our state is seeing such an increase in the flu this early, but he's definitely pushing for one thing--the flu shot.
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While the flu can be especially unsafe for the elderly, he says everyone needs to get the vaccine.
For more information on influenza, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ or https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/flu/index.htm for Spanish. The researchers found that the flu vaccine's effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) declines by 33% within 6 months of vaccination and by 19% for influenza B viruses.
"Getting a flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu, but it doesn't stop there", said Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. But that doesn't mean you should forgo the shot. Despite widespread publicity touting the benefits of being vaccinated, ODH states that roughly three of every five people across the country have not been vaccinated yet this year - including two of every three pregnant women. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote.
Healthcare providers are saying this flu season could be rough one. "So, you might as well get it and it will protect you to some extent and will cause you to protect your family and the people around you, because you won't be getting ill with the flu and spreading it".
Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.