The Clinton County Health Department recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccination each year.
23% of adults don't get the flu shot because they have a fear of needles. Flu vaccines can take up to two weeks to take effect. Influenza vaccine formulation for this year includes two strains different from last year's flue vaccine, as well as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain.
The 100-year-old woman, who had pre-existing medical conditions, died on October 19; she tested positive for influenza A. She is the second person to die as a result of the flu. In the past few months, there has been a flu strain going around Australia that's notorious for causing more severe sickness.
Where can I get a flu shot?
Gray said that receiving a flu shot at the beginning of the season not only protects the person receiving the shot, but also protect others from the flu. Most people get a flu shot with no problem.
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Myth One: The flu shot will give you the flu.
Symptoms of the flu can include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, and body aches. In the case of serious illness, contact a healthcare provider; they may be able to prescribe you an antiviral. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
When should I see a doctor? .
· Fever that went away but has returned two or more days later.
· Rattling chest sounds when taking a deep breath.
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· Urinating less (or babies have less than three wet diapers per 24 hours).
"There are people who should not be exposed to the live virus ... the elderly, the very young, pregnant women are not allowed to get the live virus". "By healthy people getting a flu shot, they're really showing that they're caring; they're protecting not only themselves but they're also protecting their loved ones and others in the community who otherwise are at high risk of complications".
· Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
· Bluish or gray skin color.
By contrast, the team's new H3N2 coverage neutralized 100 percent of those viruses over a five-year period, they reported.
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