Imperfect flu shot, ideal reasons to still get it

Leslie Hanson
October 10, 2018

Chris Faldon, nurse consultant at NHS Borders, said: "Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease".

In connection with the beginning of flu season in Ukraine, people should consider vaccination, and to follow a few simple rules to reduce risk.

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Flu season starts in November, but doctors are recommending you receive the shot by the end of October.

No pain was experienced when being vaccinated with the flu shot, Dougherty-Wise said. The flu vaccine is changed every year to protect against the flu virus.

This season many health officials will be using the Flublok vaccine, which we're told is stronger than traditional vaccines and covers multiple flu strains.

"The World Health Organization does a great job of predicting what influenza viruses will be most widespread during a given flu season", says Webster. The observation hasn't been extensively researched, but it's possible that senior citizens who are vaccinated in September may not be well protected in February. And despite how frustrating it may seem at taking a gamble towards a vaccine may not protect you, there are little to no downsides at getting vaccinated.

According to local health care officials, different flu viruses circulate and cause illness each season. Vomiting and diarrhea are not primary symptoms of influenza.

Dunn said folks sometimes don't want to get a flu shot because they believe it will make them sick. This is important because typically, older adults' bodies do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems. Most standard-dose shots that people get this year will be quadrivalent, meaning they can protect against four viruses. Last year's vaccine was unable to prevent the certain strain that took 80,000 Americans, but despite the apparent low rates of effectiveness, a flu shot contains the chance of preventing hospitalization and death - common complications of a simple flu.

"After an inoculation immunity to influenza produces 3-4 weeks".

The flu is not something to be trifled with, it has serious effects and if not treated properly, it could result in the death of a person. "Getting the flu is not a big deal for some of us, but it is deadly for others". Children also tend to be super-spreaders of flu so if they get it, they are likely to infect more vulnerable older family members.

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