Flu shot can provide effective immunity for people living with HIV

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Children, pregnant women and people 65 and older are at high risk for flu-related complications.

Typically, most influenza B activity occurs toward the end of the flu season, but last season saw very little influenza B activity and was marked by two waves of influenza A, the first from 2009 H1N1 and the second from H3N2.

"We are saddened by this news and extend our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the deceased", said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. "This supports universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people who test positive for HIV and provides evidence underpinning the guidance for seasonal flu vaccination in people living with HIV".

That's why state public health officials say it's important for Iowans to take advantage of the flu shot as a preventive tool, so they can be ready for whatever the season brings.

"Getting an annual flu shot decreases the risk of getting the flu", the release said.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, said: "We are working with AstraZeneca and NHS England and Improvement to ensure that all eligible children get their flu vaccine as soon as possible". This will not only help to protect them, but will also help to reduce the impact of flu in the wider community. I wonder if this year will have an increase of people catching the flu. Sick individuals should stay home from work or school for 24 hours after fever is gone; always cover coughs and sneezes; wash hands with soap and water; and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Possibly some mothers may be concerned about giving flu to their baby but the vaccine is not the live virus and can be given when breast feeding or at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine.

"Part of it is because if you think about how a virus like the flu moves, it moves from person to person", Pedati said.

The CDC said it's too early to characterize the timing of the flu season or predict what strains will dominate and how severe illnesses will be. "The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family".

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