In the latter part of the flu season, a drifted H3 strain that was not included in the seasons flu vaccine
circulated across the country, resulting in overall flu vaccine
effectiveness of only about 29%.
Viruses change everywhere and hence the flu vaccine
is manufactured every year to combat the new strains of Flu viruses.
(1) Individuals who should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine
include the following: 1) those under the age of two years or older than 49 years, 2) pregnant women, 3) those with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine, 4) pediatric patients (aged 2-17 years) who are receiving aspirin- or salicylate-containing medications, 5) those with an immunocompromised status, 6) pediatric patients (aged 2-4 years) who have asthma or who have had a history of wheezing in the past 12 months, 7) those who have taken influenza antiviral drugs within the previous 48 hours, and 8) those who care for immunocompromised individuals who require a protected environment.
"Even if you haven't yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine
protects against three or four different flu viruses, depending on the type of vaccine you receive," Health Commissioner Dr.
The annual five-minute microsurvey monitors perceptions among US PCPs who administer the flu vaccine
about their patients' reasons for non-vaccination, where patients get their flu shot, physician thoughts on the benefits and limitations of pharmacy or grocery store vaccinations, and clinic requirements for staff vaccinations.
is the best protection we currently have against flu - it helps protect against catching flu and also against spreading flu to others.
The ideal time for flu vaccine
is now, but any time this fall and winter can help prevent flu spread, as the flu season runs through March.
The flu vaccine
remains the best defence against flu, and will be offered to around 2.5 million people this year, including those with health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and children aged two to 11.
And with the flu vaccine
available at GP practices from this week, the advice is to make it a priority to get protected ahead of winter.
On a similar note, among the 27% of parents of children under 18 whose child did not get the flu vaccine
last year, 26% say they are more likely to get their child vaccinated this year after learning about the notably high flu levels during last year's flu season.
I'm upping my game when talking to parents about flu vaccine
. I mention one study conducted between 2010 and 2012 in which influenza immunization reduced a child's risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit with flu by 74% (J Infect Dis.
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