Health experts say it's time for flu shots

Ray Weaver
September 22, 2017

The NHS should prepare for the United Kingdom to be hit with a heavy burden of influenza cases this winter, as Australia and New Zealand have just experienced their worst flu season in years, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned.

They're questioning what was once received wisdom: that the vaccine fails when manufacturers, working months ahead of flu season, incorrectly guess which strains will end up spreading. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, will be available during regular clinic hours, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, noon to 4:30pm. Rigler said everyone above 6 months old needs one and, to protect those younger than 6 months, it is essential the adults around them get vaccinated.

The influenza vaccine teaches the body to produce antibodies against the head of the virus's surface protein, hemagglutinin (HA).

The state's health minister has already conceded that this year's flu vaccination had "not been fully effective", but some medical experts have said that Australia's relaxed attitude toward sickness, combined with a reluctance to visit a doctor, contributed to this year's horror season.

Leggett said the elderly, health care workers, and people with compromised immune systems are at a high risk and need the vaccine.

Most doctors' offices, clinics and pharmacies offer the shot.

We're watching out for you ahead of flu season!

The 33-year-old, from regional Victoria, was struck down by the influenza epidemic gripping the nation in the late stages of her pregnancy. "Any side effects are minor and last a very short time, and contrary to what some believe, you can not get the flu as a result of getting vaccinated". "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body", according to Vaccines.gov.

No. The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can not transmit infection.

Most are linked to a particular strain of the influenza A virus, which has a predilection for people aged over 65.

Including the flu vaccine as part of the free national immunisation program was something the Commonwealth must decide, Dr Sutton said.

Vaccination against flu will be available for primary school children of all ages for the first time in Jersey this year.

They found 17 of 485 miscarriages they studied involved women whose vaccinations followed that pattern.

"There is a period of time where you may be contagious and you don't realize it and you're actually sick so that's a very critical time so the best thing to do is prevent the illness altogether", he said.

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