Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

State health officials say it's not too late for a flu shot

State health officials say it's not too late for a flu shot

Officials are predicting this year's flu season will be harsher than normal, and the flu shot may not be as effective at preventing the virus as it has been in the past.

Complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Campbell County began reporting flu cases in September and October, which is earlier than past year, Public Health Director Jane Glaser said.

Flu does constantly evolve, forcing new vaccine to be brewed each year to match the strains specialists expect to cause most illness.

Just because you get a flu shot does not mean you won't get the flu.

Flu season is expected to peak around Christmas.

If you are suffering from a mild case of the flu, many hospital systems including the Cleveland Clinic have apps and virtual services to help patients online.

China manufacturing growth accelerates in November
Output and new orders both rose only modestly leading to a fall in employment and a reduction in business confidence. The latest PMI report revealed an increase in inflationary pressures on the sector driven by exchange rates.

The Healthcare Foundation donated its remaining 110 vaccines to Public Health, which administers them to schoolchildren for free.

As of November 25, 371 people across Canada have been hospitalized due to the flu and eight have died.

So far this season, weekly flu tracking data from the Wyoming Department of Health indicates that most cases are in Uinta and Sweetwater counties.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.

Doctors still want you to get the shot, though.

One high-dose version contains four times the usual anti-flu ingredient, while a competitor contains an extra immune-boosting compound. "So typically there's no cost to the vaccine", she said. But a year ago, a baffled CDC said it was no longer protecting against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots - and told doctors not to use it. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.

Like this: