San Diego County reports first flu death of the season

By Nigel Maxwell

By Nigel Maxwell

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Leon died on Christmas morning, within 18 hours of being admitted to the hospital. The best prevention method is immunization with the influenza vaccine.

Flu vaccinations are completely covered by insurance and many major chains are incentivizing customers to stop in and receive the vaccine while they shop. I get it. You are afraid of needles.

Here's what else you need to know about the return of nasal spray vaccine. After learning this I decided that getting the vaccine offers the best protection against flu.

"The main difference between a cold and the flu is persons with flu will get a fever and body aches, generalised body aches".

Experts agree that the 2017-2018 vaccine was not a "good match" - but that doesn't mean that the vaccine was completely ineffective!

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Influenza is spread via tiny droplets released when patients cough, talk or sneeze.

Cover your mouth and nose. It is believed that infection can also spread by touching an object then later rubbing your eyes or mouth. However, the flu is most prevalent during the fall and winter months. Occasionally, vomiting and diarrhea also occur. The CDC began using a new methodology to classify severity of flu seasons.

How do scientists decide which strain of flu is chosen for a vaccine, when vaccines can have 3 or 4 strains? However, one day before the illness and up to five days after the illness are potential periods of contagiousness.

Aoki is in favour of people with both strong and poor immune systems in taking the vaccine, and says it's "the best tool we have". "The flu vaccine is an inactivated virus, that is (injected), so it's not infectious, and so it can not give you the flu". The CDC recommend getting your flu vaccine every year as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. It is generally recommended that you should receive your influenza vaccination before the end of October. The CDC provides vaccine estimates several times throughout the season, and typically early estimates are reported in February and the full season estimates come in June, Ambrose says.

Higher public demand isn't the only factor contributing to this year's vaccine shortage: Stocks from manufacturers are way down as well.

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