The Flu Season & Vaccines

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THE FLU SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER

It’s time of the year when people suffer from different types of the flu. Although the timing varies in different parts of the country; it can start up late, earlier or become severe or minimal in a particular part or region of the country.

From available records, influenza or flu cases which include feverish conditions, different forms of illnesses, hospitalizations and in some instances deaths – may occur between Oct to May 2017.

Each year, the United States experiences the epidemic of seasonal flu, and the occurrence of the viruses are not constant – it changes on a yearly basis which makes it become an annual challenge to scientists, researchers, and the entire health sector. There are stipulated indicators used to get information and monitor the rate of yearly or seasonal flu like the outpatient visits of influenza-like illness (ILI), giving the United States Government the adequate information needed to improve its approach towards tackling influenzas and other related illness. You can get more info from the link below.

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

What’s New About The 2016/17 Flu Season

Getting the right information about this season’s flu will enhance your ability to combat it and be healthy all through the season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that we should expect the following this year

  • Only Flu shots that are injectable are recommended for use this year
  • New vaccine will be available in the market this year because of the prevalence of new flu viruses
  • The former vaccines has been updated to combat the circulating viruses
  • The treatment and vaccination for people with egg allergies have changed. Therefore, those drugs that were used last year are no more admissible and they should consult their doctors for further information

This Season’s Treatment of Flu

A suggested way of protecting the entire family from any influenza is to get everybody vaccinated. From the above recommendations of the CDC, you can only get vaccinated through INJECTABLE FLU SHOTS. Then, you need to know the meaning of flu shot.

The flu shot is simply a recommended vaccine given with a needle in the arm or any other art of the body recommended by the health professional. You are advised to get the flu shot along with your family members, to help protect them from the impending flu.

AVAILABLE FLU SHOT

There is the injectable influenza vaccine which has been recommended to be used for all cases of flu during the flu season, along with other types of flu shots:

  • The inactivated influenza vaccines
  • The recombinant influenza vaccines

Available flu shot options

The below flu shot options are available for older people

  • High-dose shot and
  • Adjuvant made shot

 

VIRUSES TO BE PROTECTED BY THE FLU SHOT

Because of the advanced nature of this season’s flu, the U. S flu vaccines has been updated to match and eradicate the circulating flu virus. The vaccines for the flu season as update by CDC can be seen below

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and a
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage).

For further information about the vaccines approved to be used to fight this season’s influenza, you can check out this table

Talk to your healthcare professional about information specific to your heath condition and options available to you.

 

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