Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

Research results encourage pregnant women to ...

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

An innovative worldwide study coordinated by Abt Associates has found that over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman's risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent.

Health Officials have confirmed that the child who died was not vaccinated. Severe cases can lead to hospitalizations and death.

Last year's first case of influenza was confirmed September 26 and the last April 18.

Last year's flu season was the worst since records began in the 1970s, killing 80,000 Americans. Those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also at risk for flu complications, including pneumonia.

"There are predominantly influenza A viruses out there, there are a few influenza Bs", said Brammer. They need two doses, given at least four weeks apart if it's their first time getting vaccinated.

Most pharmacies in the United States of America offer several FDA approved flu and vaccines. "A flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others", the CDC warns.

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For more information on scheduled clinic locations, people can visit the website of their regional health authority or call 811.

"There are a lot of different opinions on a lot of different things, and a lot of time opinions aren't supported by facts; and when you look at the facts, they become pretty clear", said Dr. Michael Caplan, NorthShore University HealthSystem. "So there'll be a good deal of people who are going to have some pumped up immunity to that virus". Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently.

Alberta Health Services is advising Albertans to roll up their sleeves and protect themselves and everyone around them this flu season. "Because we know it will come". She also said that the flu shot is free for anyone six months or older.

Indeed, if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the flu, it can still protect against the illness' severity. Both cell-grown and egg-grown vaccines are equally acceptable by CDC standards. It is the most effective tool we have.

Webby suggested we all keep in mind "the usual stuff your grandmother used to tell you". The volunteers were asked about common beliefs related to the flu vaccine.

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