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Health Officials Urge Annual Influenza Vaccination for All

Health Officials Urge Annual Influenza Vaccination for All

"Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu so we recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get their flu shot as soon as possible so they can be protected for the full flu season".

"We don't know what's going to happen but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia", Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the CDC, told the Associated Press. Like last season, the nasal mist vaccine is not available.

Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent.

(NFID), along with public health and medical organizations, urged the public and healthcare professionals to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against influenza each year.

Data collection started two weeks before the flu jab, with a pre-vaccination blood test to check antibody levels and standardised diaries detailing food and drink intake, physical activity, positive affect, negative affect, stress, and sleep for each participant.

In fact, when they looked at influences on the day of vaccination itself, mood was found to have an even greater impact - accounting for between 8% and 14% of the variability in antibody levels.

Most recent viruses are antigenically similar to the cell-propagated version of Hong Kong vaccine virus from the previous season, but were less similar to the egg-propagated virus, according to results from ferret serum tests. Getting vaccinated against the flu can also protect a baby from flu after birth.

Children in reception year and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the vaccine in school.

"That an extra two million Australians were likely to have a flu vaccination this year due to their availability through community pharmacy points to the success of the scheme, and the need to extend it further next year".

The hospitalization rate last season for influenza was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season, officials said.

Although the vaccination rate among health care workers seems high, it ranged from 92 percent of those who worked in hospitals, to 68 percent of those working in nursing homes and to 76 percent in clinics. This seasons vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

"The flu should not be taken lightly", said Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and medical director for communicable disease and immunizations.

Health Department officials recommend that the flu vaccine be administered annually for children and adults, especially those at high risk of complications.

According to officials, the vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu although some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache.


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