There’s a mismatch in the flu shot

Henrietta Brewer
January 15, 2020

- Cases of the flu have spiked in the last three weeks, with 186 new flu diagnoses recorded across Staten Island in the week ending January 4, according to state Health Department data.

Flu illness could well well moreover be excessive and could well well lead to death. To date, there have been 5,694 flu-related hospitalizations.

"I would like to remind our community that our influenza season usually follows a delayed onset compared to the continental U.S.; however, this year we have observed an early increase of cases", said territorial infectious disease specialist Dr. Tai Hunte-Ceasar.

"The flu can be severe enough to take a life so we have to take it seriously for sure", Ross said.

Even though the flu season is in full swing, with data showing that Staten Island is seeing a surge in new cases, experts say that the vaccine may still be the best way to fight the illness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get injectable flu shots.

Influenza activity is widespread in San Luis Obispo County and in every county across the state, health officials say. A good match means "the antibodies produced by vaccination protect against infection with circulating viruses", the agency explains. "We extend our honest sympathy to this patient's family and ask everyone to help play a part in reducing the spread of flu in our county". "Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated each year". Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in the home, school or office. People infected with the flu may also have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Check with a physician or VIDOH's Maternal Child Health Clinics for children's vaccines and the Community Health Clinics for adults.

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