Influenza vaccine numbers down as Wales flu season begins

Influenza vaccine numbers down as Wales flu season begins

Health officials in B.C. say this year's flu vaccine has been particularly effective. For adults, flu deaths are estimated based on pneumonia and other illnesses related to flu. "This flu season may have peaked earlier than previous year, but generally the season lasts into April". Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). People tend to get vaccinated more when they develop a habit of doing so.

Seasonal flu signs and symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and a runny nose.

During the 2017/18 flu season, in which the dominant virus was a strain of H3N2, effectiveness was at a 17% low.

"We won't have the full picture until end of season, but we can already tell more people have received a vaccine in Iowa", she said.

"In most influenza seasons, the deaths are clustered among the very old and very young", infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

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He says people need to remember that while they may recover, others they come in contact with could have underlying health conditions which make them more susceptible to the flu. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. In fact, studies show that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by up to 60 percent.

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza and its potentially serious complications.

"Having said that, we have a lot of younger people and children who have ended up in hospital because the sheer numbers of people who have been affected".

This year's current flu vaccine is proving to be far more effective than last year's, according to a mid-season report released by the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN).

It comes as a report found fear of a vaccine's side effects, fuelled by myths on social media, is the top reason for people refusing them. If people have the attitude that vaccines help them and everyone stay healthy, they are more likely to get vaccinated.

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