Verbatim: Indiana records first flu-related death of season | The scoop

Verbatim: Indiana records first flu-related death of season | The scoop

Verbatim: Indiana records first flu-related death of season | The scoop

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone older than six months get a flu vaccine each year. Here are some facts and clarifications on common misconceptions about the vaccine.

A vaccine for the flu typically contains a weakened form of the virus, which reduces the potency or virulence of the pathogen, all while still keeping the virus "alive" (viable). "Getting the flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect your child against the flu". "So I think some of the predictions around what we might be seeing this year is that we might be back to an H1N1 season". Influenza is a communicable disease and the government must enforce proper public health policy in such kind of situation where spread of communicable diseases especially flu are really threat to the citizens, he said.

Flu deaths can happen any time of the year. Early treatment with an antiviral drug can help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious.

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No medications do not cure and are not recommended instead of the flu shot. Not only was there a high number of cases of H3N2 starting in the fall, but there was a late winter-early spring surge of influenza B cases.

The side effects are mild and short lasting depending on if you get the flu shot or nasal spray, especially when compared to symptoms of bad case of flu. "It can take up to two weeks for the flu shot to take effect", says Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. One of the most promising candidates for a universal flu vaccine was recently described in the journal Science - and it's based on antibodies produced by South America's camel, the llama.

Seniors can also receive a free vaccine to protect against pneumonia.

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Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).If you are sick, stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

Despite the hope that this country may duplicate Australia's flu season, Murti said Canadians shouldn't assume there's no point in getting vaccinated.

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.

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