Saturday, 10 December 2016

Flu Season and Vaccines — What You Need to Know

Flu Season and Vaccines — What You Need to Know

 Important information concerning Flu and the Vaccines to protect yourself.  The worrying fact is that often we have the flu vaccine for one strain of the flu and then we catch another strain.

Newswise — As the winter months and cold weather approach, so does flu season.

Approximately 970,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in 2014, and more than 40 million were affected by flu-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to symptoms including sore throat, aches, and fever, the flu can lead to serious health complications, such as pneumonia. These data, say UAB experts, are reason enough for Americans to receive their yearly influenza vaccine.

During recent flu seasons (October-May), between 80 and 90 percent of flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and select the influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.
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