IN reports its first flu-related death of the season

04 November, 2018, 19:47 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Scientists may have found the key ingredient for a universal flu vaccine and it comes from llamas

The vaccine is intended for most adults, as well as children six months of age and older. Here are some facts and clarifications on common misconceptions about the vaccine. However, the flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.

Nick Laursen and colleagues present a new strategy for achieving long-lasting flu virus protection based on broadly neutralizing single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) isolated from llamas immunized with flu vaccines. Every year, up to 650,000 deaths are attributed to the flu worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Box encourages anyone who hasn't received a flu shot to get one. Some studies have found that prior vaccination may reduce current-season flu VE, particularly when similar flu strains are used 2 years in a row, though the study's authors note that few studies have assessed this in children or examined the effect of flu vaccinations received in the prior 2 or 3 seasons.

All people had to do to get the flu shot was fill out a simple form for medical clearance and to check insurance. The attenuation allows the virus to replicate harmlessly in the upper respiratory tract so that an immune response can be generated - specifically antibodies (immunoglobulins), which are proteins that neutralize invading pathogens - but renders it useless at infecting the lung where disease normally occurs.

"Influenza is high fever, headaches, dry cough, sore muscles and it can lead to problems like pneumonia and other various life threatening conditions", Belcher said. The flu shot will only be available while supplies last.


For kids - and even some adults - with an aversion to needles, one pharmacy chain has come up with a way to help take the sting out of the flu shot.

Contain: Stay home from school or work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading. Officials say it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young.

Myth: Getting the flu is not that serious. Receiving a flu vaccination helps prevent illness in the most vulnerable populations as well. But if you are going to get it, you should get it now.

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