Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Doctors say it's not too late to get vaccine amid flu epidemic

Doctors say it's not too late to get vaccine amid flu epidemic

And according to the state's Public Health Department, at least 3,269 people have tested positive for the flu in California.

"The flu shot doesn't cover the main strain of flu out there", Fryman said.

Dr. Andrew Dill with MultiCare Rockwood Clinic says he's seen plenty of people for the flu this season. And the vaccine may protect against other strains of flu that circulate later in the season.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. He's also urging New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the H3N2 strain of influenza A as the predominant strain affecting thousands from coast to coast.

As for getting a bad reaction to the flu shot? "And you can also do basic things to prevent getting sick".

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According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent.

Some are now calling this year's flu season a deadly epidemic that is sweeping across the country. "Recently the CDC issued a health advisory advising clinicians that antiviral treatment that all hospitalized and high-risk persons with influenza should be treated with antiviral medications and that benefits are observed even when treatment is initiated beyond two days of illness onset".

But why does it seem like the flu shot isn't working this year? For those at increased risk of complications-young children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with one of the chronic conditions noted above-contact your doctor's office if you suspect you have the flu so that you can get clear instructions for care.

- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water. But those more likely to experience potentially unsafe complications from flu include: children under 5; adults age 65 or older; pregnant women; people with chronic conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, or diabetes; those who have HIV or who are taking immunosuppressant drugs such as prednisone (Deltasone, Prednicot, others and generic) or drugs used in cancer chemotherapy.

- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again. "See a doctor and take the medication they give you".

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