Winnike: Flu Season is Here; Prevent what is Preventable

Statewide at least 37 people have been hospitalized with influenza so far this season

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccinations saved the lives of an estimated 732,000 American children and prevented 322 million cases of childhood illnesses from 1994 to 2014.

This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'".

Recent academic studies have shown that presenting survey respondents with facts about vaccine safety can decrease the extent to which survey respondents believe that vaccines are unsafe.

For those who feel the vaccine may make them sick, Mayer recommends understanding their concerns. A fever may or may not be a symptom of the flu.

Serious reactions to the flu vaccine are rare.

Over the last two years Kaweah Delta's efforts to help their staff stave off the flu has made them a leader, along with five other hospitals, in the state. Many experimental vaccines have attempted to exploit the fact that the bottom part of the hemagglutinin protein does not change much from strain to strain, but those preparations haven't proved potent enough.

Vaccinations are a significant achievement in the advancement of public health, aiding in diminishing the detrimental effects induced by harmful pathogens.

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Patients without access to a military treatment facility can get the influenza vaccine from a participating retail network pharmacy or their health care provider. Policies regarding the flu vaccine vary from organization to organization.

What about those who say that they've gotten the flu shot in the past and still gotten the flu?

"It's nicer to get it done a little earlier in the season so that you're protected a little earlier, but it is absolutely not too late to get it". How can vaccinations benefit them? The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.

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

Anything else regarding the importance of vaccinations for influenza that you think is important for our readers to know? They have a wealth of resources for nurses and patients on their website.

The northeast section of the state - defined by the DPH as towns north of Boston to the New Hampshire border - saw the highest number of lab-confirmed cases from October 6 to November 30, at 77.

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