Doctors Warn Skipping This Yearly Vaccine Could Severely Compromise Your Health

You keep hearing it's time to get your flu shot. But new research shows this year's vaccine isn't as effective as last year's

You keep hearing it's time to get your flu shot. But new research shows this year's vaccine isn't as effective as last year's

"The flu virus is ever-changing", she said.

The U.S.is now experiencing worse influenza prevalence than in previous years, with seven states already seeing widespread flu activity as of December 2, according to the CDC's surveillance. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments.

MedExpress Urgent Care, which has 19 offices in Virginia, including one in Marion and another in Bluefield, Va., reported "seeing higher-than-usual rates of flu-like illnesses, especially in Virginia".

The new flu season is slowly arriving, and Will County Health Department epidemiology and infectious disease coordinator Dr. Alpesh Patel said that so far there are few surprises.

Symptoms of flu can include headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation.

Health officials picked the same viral composition this year for flu vaccines in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, so scientists used Australia's health records to get an idea of what the north might expect heading into its season.

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"It can be lower if you're older or very young, but that still doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated", Shahab said. More importantly, if you do still get the flu - even though you got a flu shot - you won't get as sick as you might have without it. She encouraged those individuals with other medical problems to see a physician. As part of a team that comes up with the vaccine for the season, I am the first to acknowledge that we don't always get the vaccine exactly right. That's based on the data gathered in Australia. "We want to do everything we can to prevent serious complications like this, and widespread vaccination is the best way to do that".

So should you even bother getting a flu shot? Although the flu virus typically peaks between December and February in the USA, a year ago was one of the latest peaks on record and did not occur until mid-March.

Recombinant and cell-based platforms are two other vaccine technologies now available.

At the same time a year ago, there were 71 cases of influenza-like illness reported and no confirmed flu cases.

The children's vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics. To access the list, go to www.yakimacounty.us/275/Health-District, hover over or click the "Your Health" dropdown menu and select "Flu Shot Locations".

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