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MS has 1st pediatric death of current flu season

09 December 2018

"We are expecting to start seeing more cases of the flu in the coming weeks as people are around more people than usual for holiday shopping, gatherings and travel", according to Dr. Jean Kutner, chief medical officer at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

This year's Flu strain is more risky for younger people. Webby, who was not involved in the NORC survey, said vaccination rates are similar to those of years in which flu activity has been widespread and illness severe for many people. But last year's season ended up one of most severe on record, health officials have said.

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young. "The flu season usually peaks between December and February and continues until May".

"We can not claim that the 43% of vaccinated people is the reason for the mild flu season so far", said Richard Webby, a flu scientist and adviser to the World Health Organization on recommendations for the composition of flu vaccines. And just recently, an 8-year-old in the Rio Grande Valley died of the flu. More serious adverse events are rare. Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health Dr. Jeffery Howard says his own position is that being vaccinated helps protect the person - and those around them.

This time past year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at least 210 individuals had been hospitalized due to influenza.

A developing or weakening immune system puts certain groups at a higher risk of getting the flu.

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Fact: It is true being healthy may help you recover from illness more quickly, but it won't prevent you from getting or spreading the flu virus. What can they say to get visitors to get vaccinated? Furthermore, the vaccine's side effects are minor, and it does not cause the flu, as is believed by 31 percent of those who are not planning to get the flu vaccine. It is imperative that they get the flu vaccine so that they do not spread the flu to the patient, who will likely not be able to fight it and is at serious risk for complications, including death.

"We recommend that all residents, who have not yet received a flu shot, do so now either through their physician, a local pharmacy or at a clinic".

Now there is research underway to develop a universal flu vaccine that provides improved protection against more subtypes of the virus.

What about those who say that they've gotten the flu shot in the past and still gotten the flu? Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.

The two main factors in the effectiveness of the vaccine is the health of the patient and the match between the influenza viruses that the influenza vaccine is created to protect against and the influenza viruses spreading in the community.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.

MS has 1st pediatric death of current flu season