As noted above, the major difficulty is that the most immunogenic part of the flu virus - the hemagglutinin proteins on the surface of the virion - is the part that mutates, or drifts, from year to year, which is why vaccines need to be constantly updated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), February has been the virulent month since the 1982-1983 flu season. In Shanghai, meanwhile, some community health centers say they have yet to receive a single batch of vaccines.
That's why the agency continues to recommend that health care providers urge their patients to get the flu vaccine, even though patients had been advised to receive it by late October for best coverage. Keep in mind that when the flu season rolls around, that does not mean all the other illnesses take a vacation. Lastly and most importantly, influenza vaccines are safe and have minimal side effects.
More than 80,000 people died from the flu previous year in the United States.
Flu viruses are constantly changing. "He had no side effects and I felt better knowing that he was protected especially when I heard stories of people I know getting the flu, feeling really unwell and ending up in hospital over the Christmas period".
Good news for shot-averse kids and others who cringe at the sight of needles: After a two-year hiatus from the market, the nasal spray flu vaccine has been re-formulated and is back as we enter the 2018-2019 flu season.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay is offering free flu vaccines following Hurricane Michael.
Pablo Fornals, novedad en la convocatoria de la selección española
Consejo de Piqué de llevar a Jordi Alba :"Bueno, entiendo que en el cargo en el que estoy acepto este tipo de de cosas". Defendí que no tenía ningún problema con él y no ha cambiado nada.
In summary, my unsolicited advice is that you should go get your influenza vaccine and to also immunize your kids.
McKinstry is examining how the immune system responds.
If you think you may have the flu, stay at home and rest until you feel better.
In the meantime, an easy and much-neglected intervention would be for public health officials and the media to make the public more aware of the now available anti-flu medications, Tamiflu, Relenza, and Rapivab, that can both prevent the flu and also shorten the duration and severity of the illness, should it occur.
During the 2017-2018 season, 147,901 influenza vaccines were distributed.
While we call it "the flu" in general, influenza can actually be caused by various strains, which evolve.