Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

What to expect from this year’s flu season

What to expect from this year’s flu season

Students can go to the health center to get their yearly flu shot.

And studies also show that even if flu vaccines do not completely protect against infection, they do lower the severity if someone does get sick, and significantly reduce the risk of death. This low number is even more concerning given that a year ago an people died across the United States from a particularly severe H3N2 strain of the flu.

The Milford Health Department will be hosting a flu clinic for all individuals nine years of age and older this Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 - 4 p.m., at the Parsons Gymnasium located at 70 West River Street. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Johns Hopkins staff can also receive a free flu shot through November 16 by visiting the OutPatient Pharmacies located on the East Baltimore campus during designated clinic hours.

During the 2017-18 flu season, Washington state reported 247 flu-related deaths.

For parents, there's a handy guide for treating children who get the flu containing tips and best practices from Hopkins pediatrician Pranita Tamma.

"The traditional [flu] vaccine that's comes in a shot form is a dead virus, so there's no way you can get ill from the vaccine itself", she said. People with some medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, recommends all eligible children receive a traditional flu shot as the first choice and reserve the nasal spray for children who refuse the shot but agree to get the spray."We are not gonna pick sides between two expert groups", Polsky said. It's really about utilizing all the things you now have to reduce the number of influenza illnesses. More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from flu previous year were also unvaccinated. Its your body responding to the vaccine and starting to make protection.”. "Last year was one of the more severe years for influenza". The scientists making the vaccines use either inactivated (killed) viruses or a small amount of the full virus, which ensures your body can build up immunity while not making you sick. That can happen. But, its most likely that your symptoms were much milder than those whod not been vaccinated. "If you have an opportunity and a flu vaccine is offered, get it. Influenza could be right around the corner". If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with your sleeve, not your hands. Pharmacists at her store have already administered 1,000 influenza vaccines since they became available on October 1. In just El Paso County, 489 people were hospitalized.

Several pharmacy employees around the metro said their clients reported it was hard to get into a doctor's office to get the vaccine or that some already said their physician ran out of doses. Vaccines are simply a weakened form of three or four of the most common influenza strains of the season.

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