Local Officials Stress Importance of Vaccination as Flu Season Begins

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Only about one in three upstate NY adults receives an annual flu vaccine, according to a review of NY state health data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Medical Officer of Health for AHS Dr. Digby Horne says the vaccine is the most important thing to do in order to protect against the flu.

One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots. Those predictions can be wrong, of course, but even when they are right vaccines can be mismatched to circulating viruses.

The CDC estimates the flu, as well as flu-related complications, was responsible for at least 80,000 deaths across the United States last winter. Frank Esper of Cleveland Clinic Children's says that improvements have made the nasal vaccine more effective, but the flu shot is still preferred.

Now millions of doses of vaccine are waiting to be used for the protection of people. Scientific studies have shown that the flu vaccine has been as high as 90% effective in preventing the flu. "In older people, we're looking at that declining immune system".

Remember, some folks think the flu is any gastrointestinal illness - that's a common misconception.

Flu can be nasty for little children.

Burgos confirmed that she is also getting a flu vaccination herself.

A better number to focus on, according to Munoz, would be how well the vaccine protects against not just getting sick but also hospitalization and death. This is mostly due to the mobility of our modern population, but also due to more people opting out of the flu and other vaccines.

According to local health care officials, different flu viruses circulate and cause illness each season. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive it in school. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school. If I got the flu, I'd be able to fight it.

Hilderman adds it is a myth the flu vaccine will give you the flu.

Doctors have long said that people who are vaccinated and get sick anyway have shorter and less severe bouts of the flu. "A year ago was a little bit unusual that the A and B strains were going together throughout the season".

"The flu jab is a simple procedure which could ultimately save lives". This may result in an unwanted hospital stay and can even be fatal. "So it makes sense, if you have the inspiration, ability and desire to be vaccinated against influenza", - said the doctors. Flucevax is a four strain, inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine, which is produced using cell culture technology at the Holly Springs Facility in the U.S. The vaccine was recommended by the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration for the 2016 influenza season, in order to help protect against two influenza virus strains, which include A strains and B strains.

Vanessa Coleman

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