Fall Flu Clinic October 23 at Carmel Fire Dept.

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2017

Influenza B often is less severe and resembles the common cold, but there can be more serious cases, he noted.

The flu vaccine "may not be ideal but it's the best prevention that we have", Dr. Daniel Jernigan, the director of the influenza unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said.

"At six months you get to get two flu shots, 28 days apart", said Melodi Krank, nursing and clinical services leader.

Some people may be eligible for a free vaccine or a vaccine at a reduced cost. The more than 65 years represent "one of the populations most vulnerable to seasonal flu in terms of mortality", and severe complications, and vaccination is therefore particularly recommended in this population group, remind the authors.

Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading the virus. Pregnant women are at a high risk for bad outcomes from influenza. Beginning in October and lasting through May, flu season is the period when flu germs are most likely to be around and to make people sick.

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There are several ways a seasonal flu shot can benefit people with diabetes, according to the AADE.

"None of the homeopathic drugs have really been shown to help influenza", he said, noting that you should check with a doctor or a pharmacist to see if "natural" products interfere with other medications. These strains can sometimes mutate between the time the vaccine is designed and the actual arrival of the epidemic, which then diminishes its effectiveness. According to a study published in 2015, covering the period 2000-2009, more than 2,000 deaths per year have been avoided thanks to vaccination, with an average efficiency of the vaccine in the elderly assessed at 35%.

Despite the controversy, Weber claimed with the vaccine they use it is not possible to get the virus.

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