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Knox County kicks off school flu vaccination clinics in October

Knox County kicks off school flu vaccination clinics in October

But now, researchers from the University of Nottingham have another tip that might make your next flu shot work even better - get the shot while you're in a good mood.

"While we don't know what this season has in store, the science on flu vaccination is clear".

"Approximately 76.3 percent of children age 6 to 23 months old were vaccinated last season, exceeding the goal - but that was the only age group to meet that goal", Stinchfield said. Most of studies show that flu vaccination will reduce the risk of flu illness by 40% to 60% among the overall population during seasons.

"The flu should not be taken lightly", said Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and medical director for communicable disease and immunizations. He says getting shots cannot only protect your co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, but also your longevity. An influenza vaccine will protect you from getting the flu and prevent you from passing this serious illness to our most vulnerable residents. Australia, which experiences its flu season in summer because it's in the southern hemisphere, has been hard hit this year. Vaccines will be provided to children older than 3 and adults only.

During the 2016-2017 flu season, the hospitalization rate was double that of the 2015-2016 season and higher across all age groups. And the major culprit has been the H3N2 flu strain, which is known for causing severe disease, especially among older people.

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Dave Benham, noted that this century "encompasses the period North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons". The B-1B Lancer bombers took off from Guam and the US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan.


The panel also stressed the importance of pneumococcal vaccination for adults age 65 years and older and younger adults with high-risk factors, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disorders as well as people who smoke.

Among pregnant women, 54 percent said they were vaccinated in 2016, which is the same as the last four flu seasons, the CDC researchers reported. "Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease".

There are a few factors that determine just how effective the flu shot is, according to the CDC, including age, health and how well a particular strand of flu matches up with the vaccine you got. This season's vaccines have been updated and will protect against the influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common during the 2017-2018 season. The American Academy of Pediatrics later came out saying the nasal vaccine had been ineffective for the previous three flu seasons.

At their meeting this week in Melbourne, Australia, World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisors today recommended changing two of three components for trivalent vaccines that pharmaceutical companies will produce for the Southern Hemisphere's 2018 flu season. Three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs are recommended for use in the US during the 2017-2018 influenza season: oseltamivir (generic version or Tamiflu®), zanamivir (Relenza®), and peramivir (Rapivab®).


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