High dose flu vaccines recommended for seniors

Leslie Hanson
October 11, 2017

The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season. "Immunity to influenza weakens over time and different flu virus strains generally circulate each year". The trivalent influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season includes an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage).

"In 2017, there were 952 cases until October 10 of Influenza, while 2016 saw 1,492 cases of Influenza", the ministry said in a statement.

Wednesday morning, the 6 In The Morning crew took time to get their flu shots while they were on the air. "Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older receive the vaccine each each. Since September 1st, state health officials report 13 flu cases across Oklahoma. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month. Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza virus. The infection transmission may last for a long period among the children, as well as people with immune deficiency.

They are available at county health departments across the state.

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches. Flu vaccine will protect you from certain strains of influenza but it can not prevent flu caused by other virus strains not covered by the vaccine or illnesses that look like influenza, but are not.

"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD.

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