Flu Season Expected To Be A Bad One


Health officials say the deaths of two people due to influenza are the first flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season.

The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk. "It may be a bad flu season, and in particular, in a bad season, you want to get every bit of protection you can". Across the globe, there are an estimated 3 million to 5 million severe flu cases each year and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the team emphasized. This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients-well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes.

"Patients have the risk of getting pneumonia even from not getting the flu shot and getting actual flu", Hare said.

The FluMist vaccine, also known as LAIV (live, attenuated influenza vaccine) is made from four weakened flu virus strains, two each representing Type A and Type B. Two segments of the strains used in the vaccine change periodically to match influenza circulating in the population. The vaccine stimulates the body's immune system to make antibodies, which can recognize and attack that specific strain of virus inside the body.

Last flu season, 315 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County and 14 patients died due to flu-related complications.

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Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm. The influenza A virus was the most common flu strain.

One rationale for the arduous flu season may be that this year's presently developed vaccine may have disparate to the flu drain may have wound up propagating creating the vaccinations unproductive at intercepting the outbreak.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick.

FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms and may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones. It is the best way to prevent developing flu-related disease.