Flu vaccine not as effective as past years

  • Flu vaccine not as effective as past years

Flu vaccine not as effective as past years

"This is a horrifically sad case and I can confirm that a little girl has passed away from the flu", Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.

"At this time, the CDC and ACIP have not changed the recommendation for influenza vaccination of pregnant women", said the agency's fact sheet.

Flu cases are mostly seen in the winter months, but the reason physicians are recommending the shot now is because it takes a few weeks for the immunity to kick in. Possibly, that's the most likely scenario because we're not seeing any other flu activity around the city.

On 1 August, the New South Wales health department released data which indicated a particularly bad flu year.

"The flu shot will last through the flu season", Watson says. "This does not mean that because of this study, the flu vaccine should not be given in early pregnancy". "The best strategy remains to get a vaccine every year".

The AMA VP said that many Australians confused the influenza with the "common cold", meaning many do not seek out their flu shots or dismiss symptoms of the flu as minor.

Part of Virginia's Plan for Well-Being - a statewide plan that, if achieved, would lead to a far healthier, and probably happier, state - includes a goal of increasing the percentage of adults in Virginia who receive an annual influenza vaccine from 48.2 percent to 70 percent by 2020. "Your immune system starts working", said UC Health Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Ian Tullberg.

Certain Duke Primary Care locations in Durham, Orange and Wake counties will have extended and weekend hours starting September 23 to provide flu shots for children of Duke employees and dependents. It is especially important for some people to be vaccinated against influenza because they are at higher risk of developing serious complications, like pneumonia, if they get sick with the flu.

Australia has had a harsh flu season with more than twice the normal number of cases.

No appointment is needed to get a flu vaccine on October 5th, and no other vaccinations will be available that day.

This comes of the back of several influenza A related death which occurred in Terengganu earlier this year. It's right around the corner and right now doctors are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

"They can't be vaccinated", she said. Genetic comparisons, he says, would yield a better match.

"They do seem to offer better protection to the elderly and if the process of assessment through our proper committees recommends that, that's something we can certainly consider".