Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Kentucky Health Officials: Don't Let Flu Ruin the Holidays

Flu targets workplaces - Kelowna News Fighting the flu: Health departments urge action to limit influenza...
Gustavo Carr | 09 December, 2018, 01:11

Last year's deadly flu season was unusually severe and cost the lives of many people.

"People that are considered more at-risk are often children less than 2, people with chronic diseases such as heart disease and respiratory diseases, pregnant women, and people older than 65", Dr. Moore says. As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

Though the vaccine is imperfect, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.

"Every flu season is different, but there doesn't appear to be anything unusual going on so far", he said. In a survey, it was found that almost half of American adults are planning to skip the flu vaccine this season.

"Influenza is not just a bad cold", said Pruitt. "You really need to protect yourself so you can thereby protect them".

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

Serious reactions to the flu vaccine are rare.

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Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider. People who have a severe allergy to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients should not get the flu vaccine. "With healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rates of 98 percent for two years straight; these results are evidence that healthcare personnel at Kaweah Delta are concerned about the patients they care for".

Fact: The flu vaccine reduces the risk of contracting and spreading the disease by up to 60 percent, according to the CDC.

Even when the flu shot does not keep a person from falling ill, research shows that there is a strong chance the person will have a much milder case. However, what parents tend to overlook are the serious consequences of not having their child vaccinated. Health officials recommend that people be vaccinated by the end of October.

Correcting misinformation about the flu vaccines is hard, and the academic literature provides mixed signals about approaches to tackling this problem.

How well the influenza vaccine works (or its ability to prevent influenza illness) can range widely from season to season.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a ideal match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources. They have a wealth of resources for nurses and patients on their website.