Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

Various global stakeholders have indicated the benefits of vaccines that induce broad immunity so as to prime the population against newly emerging influenza viruses or other respiratory viruses of pandemic potential.

The number of states reporting high influenza-like illness has increased sharply recently. "We're seeing it affecting preschoolers at a higher level". This results in approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and up to 49,000 deaths from related complications.

There have been 11 deaths reported this flu season compared to 91 at this point during the 2017-18 season. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

Bankole said federal health officials have been able to develop vaccines that do a better job of preventing H1N1. The CDC recommends the vaccine for anyone over the age of 6 months old, he added.

Some people shouldn't get the flu shot, like those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. The goal here is protection.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago.

The doctor said only 35 per cent of children aged six months to 23 months have been immunized. Research has shown that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of death in children.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask.

"We can calculate that if about half the people exposed to the flu couldn't get infected and pass it on because they're immune, for example, the virus wouldn't be able to spread and the epidemic would stop". These vaccines are based on scientific research and are carefully developed each year. These vaccines are grown in eggs; hence they should not be taken by people with an egg allergy. Amiran Gamkredlidze, the Head of the National Disease Control Center has stated that there is a ready supply of Tamiflu medication available free-of-charge for pregnant women, children, socially vulnerable persons, pensioners, and those suffering with certain diseases.

Usually there are no reactions at all, but for some there could be soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Instead, patients should go to their primary care provider, an urgent care clinic or stay home and treat their symptoms. Generally, one feels pretty miserable. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. "A lot of it's dependent on how many people are protected, how many people are getting it and how many they're exposing others to".

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