Medicine

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Who is at the highest risk for having complications from it?

The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming the first pediatric influenza death in the state for the 2018-19 flu season.

"Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related consequences".

Of course, the flu shot isn't flawless - the CDC says its effectiveness varies, generally reducing your risk by 40 to 60 percent. His parents have set up a fund to promote flu vaccinations.

When considering seeing a doctor about flu symptoms, Borgen also said it can be beneficial to call ahead of time. "If we don't get vaccinated, we are needlessly putting ourselves at risk of serious illness, but we are also gambling with the health of children and others around us who can't get vaccinated".

This time previous year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at least 210 individuals had been hospitalized due to influenza.

The MSDH says while vaccination is the best protection, basic infection control measures can also reduce the spread of flu and should be taken whether or not individuals are vaccinated.

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Therefore, even when "myth-busting" works, the effects might not last a very long time.

Kaweah Delta, which has seen a 21 percent increase in the number of staff getting a flu vaccination since 2015-16, is also a key player in helping increase the aggregate healthcare personnel vaccination rate in California hospitals from 72 percent to 84 percent in the 2017-18 flu season, according to the report.

Correcting misinformation about the flu vaccines is hard, and the academic literature provides mixed signals about approaches to tackling this problem.

The flu shot is available from health care providers, walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies.

Area Democrats 60 and older have gotten a flu shot at 63 percent, compared with 70 percent of New Jersey area Republicans. The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the week of December 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. Although flu vaccines are not ideal, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu. Protect yourself and all those around you.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.


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