This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016


"In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tragically thousands or tens of thousands die from flu each year", Dr. Jernigan said in a recent interview.

Vaccines in the United States this season are created to protect against two A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and up to two B strains (B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's the biggest misconception about the influenza vaccine, according to Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, and one of the most unsafe as we head into the season of flu shots literally available at every corner drugstore. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 to 60 percent.

No, you can't get the flu from the flu shot.

Despite the risks, some Ferris students feel that they don't need the flu vaccine. "CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated annually".

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It's flu season in Oklahoma. Previous year the first flu-related death in Idaho occurred in December, and a total of 72 individuals in the state died due to flu-related illnesses. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center. The flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening respiratory complications. "Make sure you're taking care of yourself-eat a well-balanced diet and make sure to drink enough water, get enough sleep and do your best to avoid stress".

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches. By this time a year ago, only 71 cases of the flu had been reported.

Regular hand washing is also an important step to prevent contracting the flu.

Flu shots are not flawless, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.