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This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016
12 October 2017, 03:02 | Randall Craig
Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway
"Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications".
Vaccines in the United States this season are created to protect against two A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and up to two B strains (B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report also states that based on early data from Australia, which is just emerging from its flu season, the influenza vaccine this year may not be effective in combating the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six-months-old and older get a flu shot.
No, you can't get the flu from the flu shot.
People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctors office where they can be monitored.
"Now is a great time to get a vaccination", Martin said. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center. Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza virus.
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