North Country health officials urge people to get flu shots

Lynn Cook
January 29, 2019

Flu hospitalizations across the state are almost identical to last year but there have been more influenza-related deaths this year compared to last year during the same week, Warner said in the email. Vermont and New Hampshire are not seeing that many cases but the numbers are growing.

"In most influenza seasons, the deaths are clustered among the very old and very young", infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Flu shots work. They aren't flawless, but they can help prevent you from getting sick with the flu and have other benefits.

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Influenza and flu shot data provided by Alberta Health Services show there were 1,966 cases of influenza A in Calgary, which is the flu strain that can spread from humans to animals.

In North Carolina, 391 flu deaths were reported during the 2017-2018 flu season - the most reported during a flu season since adult flu deaths became reportable in the state in 2009.

Henry admits the flu shot is not flawless by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection. "Given how effective the vaccine was, I think that really highlights the importance of getting the vaccine", he said. This is impossible. The flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus or no flu virus at all, so it can not give you the flu.

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So far in January, the practice has tested 208 people for the flu with 93 testing positive for Influenza A. Of those testing positive, 70 percent had not received a flu shot.

The most important response to seasonal flu, according to the CDC, is for everyone age 6 months or older to get vaccinated against the flu. In some cases, people may feel a bit under the weather after they get vaccinated, which is a simple side effect of the vaccine, and should not be confused with actually being infected with the flu virus.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include trouble breathing, not waking up or not interacting, and flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with a fever and a worse cough. About half of those people have sought medical care for the illness, including more than 100,000 who were hospitalized. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school.

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In recent years, one of the biggest myths about childhood vaccines was that they can cause autism in children.

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