MidMichigan Health: Masking requirements protect patients, residents from flu

MidMichigan Health: Masking requirements protect patients, residents from flu

Its a safe and effective way to prevent illness and save lives by significantly limiting your likelihood of passing on flu symptoms to vulnerable loved ones, ” Collett said.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine every year.

Dr John Rodriguez, Public Health Screening and Immunisation lead for Kent and Medway said: "It is important we protect young children from the flu virus and get them vaccinated now".

According to NBC News, the flu vaccine in Australia is the same one available in the United States.

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

While it's tough to known which strain will dominate this flu season, the main type circulating in Florida is Influenza A.

According to the CDC, hospitalizations for the flu have already passed the total number of flu hospitalizations from past year, in Ohio.

DCHHS offers the flu vaccine free to all uninsured and low income Dallas County residents.

In a report released last week, the state's Department of Public Health said an individual older than 65 died from the flu.




The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. There have been no local flu-related hospitalizations that she knows of, either. "Were only talking about one strand that is in the flu shot". However, only about one-third of those tested to be actual cases of the flu, and almost all of those confirmed flu cases were indeed one of the three strains targeted by the current flu shot serum.

Public health says the flu shot is the best protection against flu.

"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains", Wiese said.

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

Flu season started early this year and is gaining steam.

"I think that just reflects who gets swabbed", Shahab said.

Symptoms of flu can include headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation.

The flu immunization is a four component vaccine comprised of two "A" and two "B" influenza strains. Sanofi, through its recent acquisition of Protein Sciences, markets the Flublok family, the only recombinant-based flu shots approved in the U.S. Seqirus' Flucelvax is also the only FDA-approved cell-based flu vaccine.

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