Widespread misinformation about flu vaccine safety is an important public health problem.
Pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness and complications if infected with the influenza virus.
In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Monmouth County is encouraging residents to get their flu vaccines in time for the holiday season to protect themselves, their loved ones and the public. Most people have likely had the flu at some point - with symptoms such as a constant cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue - yet many myths and misperceptions remain.
People with compromised immune systems are advised to talk with their doctor about whether a flu shot is appropriate. "It is possible to have the flu a couple of times in the season. More people simply want to be vaccinated", she told news agency TT.
"I'm very concerned about our vaccination rates for flu, especially among young children, which dropped 4 percent previous year alone", said Dr. Levine.
Young children and the elderly are at higher risk of getting severe illness, Webby said: "So by getting vaccinated, you're not just protecting yourself, but also, through herd immunity, you're protecting others".
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Many of these locally produced videos offer new perspectives to topics that are important to Singaporeans, it added. So while 2018 was a huge year for YouTube and the internet stars who make it great, many were left off.
Vaccinations remain to be the top defense against the flu, especially during flu season.
During last year's flu season, 325 adults and five children died in Kentucky due to flu or complications from the virus, and there were a record number of hospitalizations.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccinations saved the lives of an estimated 732,000 American children and prevented 322 million cases of childhood illnesses from 1994 to 2014.
"That's the strain that's a little bit better match to our vaccine", he said. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider. And while you're at it, inquire about other vaccinations, such as those for shingles and whooping cough. Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.
The CDC is an excellent resource for information regarding the flu. Thirty-eight states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico experienced minimal flu activity for the week ending December 1, while New York City and 10 states experienced low or moderate activity, according to Friday's weekly flu report from the CDC.