Last Year The Flu Was Deadly - Get Vaccinated Now

Last Year The Flu Was Deadly - Get Vaccinated Now

Harborview Medical Center has already treated one case of the flu this year. UW Medicine's Dr. John Lynch says they have already seen one case of influenza A which is the most unsafe type of flu virus.

Aside from the standard recommendations - wash your hands, don't go to work if you're sick, etc. - Lynch said the best defense against the flu is the vaccine. However, Berg said people can still get the shot after that time frame and "well into early spring", when flu activity picks up.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and to provide protection against the flu. The state confirmed its first flu case a year ago in late October.

Bon Secours is offering free flu shots during their annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Day event on September 29, from 8-11 a.m.at four of their locations: Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, and the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View.

For those who tend to get a little needle frantic, the CDC now says this year's nasal spray vaccine should be effective for this year's flu strain.

Traditionally, most people have gotten flu vaccinations at doctors' offices or government health centers. The symptoms can be brutal and keep you in bed for days, and the virus is highly contagious even before symptoms show, so you can pass it on before you're aware you're infected.

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They recommend young children, people over 65, pregnant women and people with other illnesses should be vaccinated as soon as possible. Physicians recommend this because the body's ability to fight infections can dwindle over time and these seasonal shots might help boost immunity and reduce the risk of getting the flu.

All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. "Should you become infected your case of the flu will be milder because you had a flu shot".

"It does protect kids under 6-months old who can't get the flu shot, people who are very elderly and people who can't get the flu shot because they are more prone to complications and it also protects people in the community who can't get the flu shot because they are allergic to it". "No trivalent recombinant vaccine will be available this season", the CDC said.

According to the CDC, "flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common".

Flu season starts around October and peaks in December.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older.

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