But when it comes to prevention, education is key. Past year at this time, the death toll was four.
The CDC is reporting the influenza virus is widespread across Texas. It may be more effective at protecting the elderly because their immune systems are more fragile. The flu can stop anyone in their tracks.
Flu experts at the CDC say its too early to know when flu season will peak in the United States and how severe it will be.
Right now, the flu is spreading fast and hard. For more information on influenza: here. The effectiveness of the vaccine varies each season as the strain of the virus adapts and adjusts to its environment, but generally the vaccine is about 40 to 60 percent effective in protecting the population from the flu. This is probably the most common flu shot misconception employees have.
Myth: You can get sick from the flu shot..
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.
Infants should receive two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart, the agency said, adding that children born a year ago or earlier who have received one shot of the vaccine can receive a second shot before they enter elementary school.
Myth: Flu shots aren't always effective..
Swartzentruber recommends for the best outcome if you get the flu, you should seek treatment within the first 48 hours.
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The vaccine only reduces the possibility of getting the flu; it does not rule out the chance of contracting it entirely.
Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies. So if you get the "stomach bug", that doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective. This of course includes loved ones and acquaintances who are older, very young children, pregnant women and people we interact with who have certain long-term health conditions and are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
Raghu Kasetty, MD of OSF St. Francis said the local flu season will presumably get worse before it improves. "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold". In many cases, new virus strains can emerge throughout the season, so it is important to get vaccinated annually.
Myth: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot..
McGeer says there are a number of influenza strains in competition.
Flu shots are available on the ground floor of Hamilton Health Centre between 8.30am and 11.30am and on Wednesdays only between 2pm and 4pm.
Fact: Influenza certainly does not discriminate.
A 47-year-old New Castle man died of the flu earlier this month.
- clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated. In the previous week, the flu was geographically widespread in just 12 states. Since the vaccination can take up to two weeks to build up full immunity, now is prime time for prevention with the holidays in full swing.