First Flu Death of Season Reported in San Diego

A flu shot being administered.					The Associated Press

And with winter comes flu. Keep in mind that when the flu season rolls around, that does not mean all the other illnesses take a vacation.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show how much of an outlier it was: Previously, seasonal outbreaks since 2010, had killed between 12,000 and 56,000 and caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations. The flu test swab is then used to confirm the diagnosis. The 2017-18 flu season lasted about 19 weeks, making it one of the longest seasons in years.

People with an underlying health condition such as diabetes, bronchitis, COPD, heart disease or multiple sclerosis are advised to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible.

The 2018-2019 is hard to predict.

"It's a dead virus", said Stiles, "it does not cause the flu".

Good news for shot-averse kids and others who cringe at the sight of needles: After a two-year hiatus from the market, the nasal spray flu vaccine has been re-formulated and is back as we enter the 2018-2019 flu season.

The convenience of the clinic drives more people to get immunized. They also urge people to stay at home if they are sick. Confine yourself to your bedroom to protect your loved ones.


Coughing and sneezing into the arm.

Abstain from touching your nose and eyes. Washing hands often and wiping down common areas is also very important.

However, my favorite excuse for not getting the flu vaccine is that you don't want some chemical substance being injected into your body, yet you consume on a regular basis a product you purchased from the internet because it claimed to help you lose weight.

The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent. According to the CDC, "A less-than-ideal match may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness against the flu virus that is different from what is in the flu vaccine, but it might still provide some protection against flu illness".

"We are expecting influenza to pick up in November", Bolden said in the release, "and the peak is expected to last through February".

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

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