Carefully engineered flu shots are both safe and effective

Carefully engineered flu shots are both safe and effective

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, called last year's influenza outbreak "a high severity season" across all age groups. "The flu vaccine is an inactivated virus, that is (injected), so it's not infectious, and so it can not give you the flu".

These are meager efforts when compared to the roughly $1 billion spent annually on developing an HIV vaccine and the many billions that have been spent on vaccines for the Zika and Ebola viruses, which have little relevance to Americans. Keep in mind that when the flu season rolls around, that does not mean all the other illnesses take a vacation.

The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent.

Patricia Moses, a mother-of-three from London, decided that her son, when he was two years old, should have the flu nasal spray vaccine.

The flu virus spreads quickly.

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People in South Tyneside who are entitled to a free flu vaccine are being encouraged to take up the offer without delay. Seniors respond less well to vaccines than younger people because, as we age, our immune system functions less well. "This death serves as an unfortunate reminder of the importance of getting a flu shot".

For more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

There is more of a need to get immunized in Goodhue County. "Don't go visit your grandpa or grandma in a long-term care home if you feel like you're sick, because you're going to be taking it into a vulnerable population". (At last count, only about half of the country gets a flu vaccination, which are recommended for those over six months of age). "We want to turn it on, and we also want to make it as effective as possible".

In the meantime, an easy and much-neglected intervention would be for public health officials and the media to make the public more aware of the now available anti-flu medications, Tamiflu, Relenza, and Rapivab, that can both prevent the flu and also shorten the duration and severity of the illness, should it occur. Vaccines can and should continue to be given as requested throughout the influenza season, the CDC said.

The flu jab is one of the 15 healthcare essentials that everyone with diabetes is entitled to through the NHS every year.

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