First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

Though it hasn't yet reached pandemic level, this flu season is in full-swing, causing serious illness and even death.

Though the accuracy and effectiveness of each year's vaccine varies, this year's seems on track to provide good protection against the Influenza A strains now predominating, health officials say. If passed, the legislation would protect healthcare professionals from being fired for refusing a flu shot.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

To find a vaccine site, visit the "Flu" page on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

More than a quarter of pregnant women reported that medical staff did not recommend or offer a flu shot.

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

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Lin, who chaired the meeting, said that doctors have reported that while hepatitis A vaccines have been administered to children older than 12 months, they are not included in subsidies for children's standard vaccinations, which might result in doctors being unable to apply for reimbursement of vaccination costs.

Numerous physicians' offices and pharmacies also have the flu vaccine available.

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them.

Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise.

But she said it's too early to predict what strain will predominate or how severe the season will be. "H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children; that's a concern". Last year, a similar vaccine was 43 percent effective against the H3N2 virus and 48 percent effective overall, according to the CDC.

"So given that, particularly for the H3N2 component, the vaccine effectiveness we're anticipating will be low", predicted Skowronski.

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