Pregnant women should not skip flu vaccine, doctors warn

06 October, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Getty ImagesA person receives a vaccine in this undated stock image

Cancer survivors are in the middle of the picture wearing their gray (for brain cancer) survivor shirts.

According to the CDC last year's flu season saw approximately 180 flu related deaths in Children, two of those being in MI. As a result, people should do all they can to help prevent the flu - or at the very least shorten its duration.

Seasonal influenza vaccine and influenza HD (High Dose) vaccine for persons 65 and older will also be available.

During most flu seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. It typically peaks in January and February in Dallas County and then "gradually declines thereafter as the temperatures get warmer", she said. Last season, 172 children died from flu-related illnesses in the United States - a record for a flu season, according to the CDC. It takes about 2 weeks after receiving the shot for the antibodies to develop; these antibodies provide protection against the influenza virus.

Immunity from flu is expected to last through January for those who get vaccinated now, Fricchione said.

Last year's vaccine was 40% affective because of the difficulty of the H3N2 flu.


A new study says that the high-dose influenza vaccine was 30.7 percent more effective in preventing flu-related, senior hospitalizations. Delivery of supplies of certain flu vaccines to GP practices and community pharmacies will be staggered between September and November. Texas Health Commissioner John Hellerstedt said Monday he would like to see everyone immunized by the end of October.

Dr. Jean DeDonder, director of alcohol and drug education at Lafene, talks with a K-State employee about the flu shot during the Employee Benefit Expo in the Union Ballroom on October 4, 2018.

Other flu shot clinics will be offered in Centre County this fall. "No one wants to be a dreaded 'spreader, '" he said.

Doctors and epidemiologists have more than a century of facts to back up their call for vaccinations.

In response to these statements, Hayden pointed out that flu vaccines, including those used by Student Health, do not contain live virus and therefore can not cause the flu.

About the Co-author Sean A. Fischer, MD, completed his hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was the chief fellow.

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