The flu vaccination has also shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes by 79 percent and those with chronic lung disease by 52 percent. Type A strains mutate readily, which makes them hard to vaccinate against.
This goes to Schwartz's point: There are not enough data to support claims that the flu shot will lessen symptom severity or duration of illness, she said. "That's why the vaccines are never 100 percent matched".
"It is important to get a flu vaccination every year, as flu strains are usually different from year to year", the county says. All the deaths have been in the vulnerable population of age 50 and older.
"The situation is under control, and there have not been any new reported cases", the GES further assured. The Journal reports that according to the Australian Government Department of Health influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated, and the preliminary estimate of vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) was only 10%. Because they didn't reflect the experience of developing countries, the numbers are thought to underestimate the true death burden. The flu shots were made mandatory for hospital staff and physicians beginning in 2016 and posters with information about the vaccine and flu are posted in doctors' offices and in the hospital pharmacy.
"You try to stimulate an adequate level of immunity with an aging population because age weakens the immune system", and the larger dose is meant to stimulate an immune system response in the elderly, Caldas said. Earlier projections from the World Health Organization's earlier projections of deaths from seasonal flu - 250,000 to 500,000 per year - "are outdated", according to the study published Wednesday in The Lancet.
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"Vaccination does save lives, reducing cases and deaths by the millions each year", Caldas said.
They recommend anyone who catches the flu, to stay away from areas where you can infect others.
But how do you make sure that you either have a cold or the flu?
Otherwise, common sense practices can help you stave off some of the chance of being sick or making others ill, both Lantrip and Rodriquez said. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and avoid tactile contact with uninfected family or friends.
Flu symptoms, which can include fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue, generally don't pose serious consequences for many people, but can develop into more serious health problems like pneumonia or respiratory failure and can, at times, be fatal.