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01 December 2017, 06:37 | Todd Saunders
It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know
Health officials said this is Eastern Washington's first flu-related death season.
The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk. Twenty-four Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu this season, compared to nine admissions during the same period a year ago.
FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu.
The prospective flu season may be extremely grave one in the United States; some medical specialists alerted today reproducing introductory data from the Southern Hemisphere's diminishing flu season.
Doctor say the best protection against the flu, is the vaccine.
There was a similar issue three years ago when the vaccine was just 13% effective. It's important to note that most flu vaccinations protect against strains that are respiratory in nature, not gastrointestinal, so if you still get the "stomach bug", it doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective. The authors theorized that this was in part due to this mutation and in part because of a complication with the antibody serums used to make the vaccine fit for people.
"If you look historically and put things into perspective, there's variability in flu seasons".
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"The risk of getting flu and getting very ill is higher, time off work is higher when we don't get the flu shot", said Dr. Charmille Hare of Piedmont Locust Grove in Georgia.
Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm.
The upcoming flu season is approaching and it may be severe in the United States, according to medical experts.
To create a vaccine for each flu strain, manufacturers grow billions of WHO-selected viruses in chicken eggs, STAT reports. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
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