Pregnant women urged to have free flu vaccine

Diabetes UK urges patients to get vital flu jab this winter

Diabetes UK urges patients to get vital flu jab this winter

The flu virus can also live on surfaces for several hours which can cause you to get sick by touching your nose or eyes after touching a contaminated surface.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), February has been the virulent month since the 1982-1983 flu season. About 80 percent of the deaths were in children who had not received a flu vaccine. Most of the vaccines this year will be quadrivalent, as well, meaning they will protect against four different strains of the virus. The best way to prevent the flu is to receive the vaccine or flu shot each year. Keep in mind that when the flu season rolls around, that does not mean all the other illnesses take a vacation.

One reason for this year's vaccine shortage is likely the severity of the last flu season, which in China lasts roughly from December through March. "The preliminary results seem promising that this year's flu vaccines appear to be a good match". The health unit cautions that while most people feel healthy, the flu shot has benefits that extend beyond our own immune systems. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and writer Mark Olshaker tracked the government's investment in universal flu vaccine research: "The National Institutes of Health has publicly declared developing a [universal] vaccine a priority, [but] it has only about $32 million this year specifically for such research". You can get your flu shot at your doctor or at more than 90 local pharmacies.

In summary, my unsolicited advice is that you should go get your influenza vaccine and to also immunize your kids. If you are ill, stay home.

But exactly how strong the shot should be, and whether additional injections would boost immunity, requires more study.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: "Flu on top of existing health conditions increases the chance of serious health complications". "The other thing is if the strain has changed enough, the vaccine doesn't cover it all, or, if the strain wasn't expected appears, then obviously we tend to get worse years in terms of number of cases than anticipated".

During the 2017-2018 season, 147,901 influenza vaccines were distributed.

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