Help keep the flu off the holiday party guest list: Get vaccinated

Help keep the flu off the holiday party guest list: Get vaccinated

Help keep the flu off the holiday party guest list: Get vaccinated

Though it hasn't yet reached pandemic level, this flu season is in full-swing, causing serious illness and even death.

He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

In the case of H3N2, the vaccine component has been genetically altered somewhat as a result of the manufacturing process, which involves growing vast quantities of the virus in eggs. It's the single best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the flu this holiday season - and throughout the year.

The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu, and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others.

To find a vaccine site, visit the "Flu" page on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although it is relatively early in this flu season, influenza activity in SC at this point has been higher than normal.

Laura Spicer, Executive Director Valley Health, "Thousands of people get sick from the flu each year".

Washoe County has confirmed its first two flu-related deaths of the new winter season.

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Experts say there's still plenty of time to benefit from getting a flu vaccine, which are widely available at medical offices, pharmacies and other sites.

"This is the time to get a flu shot", said Mills.

"It makes me a little sad that people across the country - especially pregnant women - may not be getting the recommended and appropriate health care", Altmann said.

If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible. DHEC encourages everyone to find the facility that works best for them.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2".

It's too early to tell if H3N2 will continue to be the predominant strain or whether H1N1 will surpass it, Brammer said. And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent.

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