Universal flu vaccine is 'an alchemist's dream'


The Mississippi State Department of Health Wednesday reported the first confirmed pediatric influenza death in Mississippi for the 2018-2019 flu season. More than 900,000 were hospitalized. Most people can recover from the flu by staying home and resting. Active Duty Service members should follow their service policy for getting vaccinated and making sure it's recorded.

No appointment is necessary to get a flu vaccine at the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department. Webby, who was not involved in the NORC survey, said vaccination rates are similar to those of years in which flu activity has been widespread and illness severe for many people.

An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and flu-related complications that could lead to hospitalization, and at times can lead to death. "Perhaps, more importantly in some settings, is the fact that the more people who get vaccinated, the less flu spreads around", Dr. Susan Rehm, from Cleveland Clinic, said. Dial 2-1-1 or visit healthvermont.gov/flu and use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a nearby place to get a flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the week of December 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. What should they say to those who have fears that the shot will give them the flu?

With National Influenza Vaccination Week under way, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots. The vaccine uses a killed virus, and every batch is checked to ensure this.

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"Last year, 49 million Americans were diagnosed with the flu", Wagner said. This is a particularly virulent, shape-shifting strain that can mutate even while the vaccine is being incubated in eggs.

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Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a flawless match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu.

Editor's Note: The main image accompanying the above guest column shows a nurse giving a flu shot.