Flu season is around the corner - is your family prepared?

Interracial couple sleeping together on the bed

Interracial couple sleeping together on the bed

Paige Weiland, manager of Palmetto Health Tuomey Lab, said there were no positive flu tests in the hospital lab to date but that the season will "begin soon enough". Yes, Kentucky health officials are urging the public to get their flu shot earlier this time around, as it has the potential to be as bad, if not worse, as last season's epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts more than 50,000 deaths from the flu and its complications", emergency room physician Dr. Ryan Stanton says, "We've been seeing cases in mid-August and admitted some this weekend. Eighty percent of the children who died had not received a flu vaccination, according to the CDC. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend again this year to not use the live nasal flu vaccine since we are still not certain about whether it will work.

The AAP advises pediatricians to offer flu vaccine injections to all children 6 months and older.

This CDC recommendation follows a particularly severe 2017-18 season during which 179 children in the us died from influenza-associated illness.

"Get your vaccine. Wash your hands well".

The nasal spray has not been recommended for the previous two flu seasons because it was less powerful against some strains of influenza, the pediatrics group said. "Get the shot. It just makes sense". The first is a trivalent vaccine, protect against two influenzas A strain, H1N1 and H3N2, and one influenza B strain. The flu shot contains dead influenza virus strains, while the nasal spray contains weakened viruses. WTOC spoke to a pharmacist in Bryan County who says he's already heard of one person getting the flu within the last few weeks. But this year, some who squirm at the thought of a shot are able to opt in for a nasal spray instead. Put in your ZIP code to find a listing of flu shot providers near you. Yet, doctors do believe it can be a feasible option for children if their doctor runs out of shots. It is possible to get the virus even if you get the vaccine, yes, but the vaccines allow your body to fight it off much quicker.

Fauci said that there's "a lot of effort and interest now in doing better" with both the seasonal flu vaccine and a universal flu vaccine. This might include antibiotics, gelatin, or egg since these products are used to create the vaccine. In Houston, for example, parents can sign their children up to get a free flu vaccine between the end of October and the beginning of December. "Most had not been vaccinated and nearly 98 to 99 percent had underlying medical conditions".

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