Is the flu really life-threatening? Even if you're not anxious about getting sick yourself, if you're infected with the virus, you're still a potential source of infection for vulnerable populations. This may be why so many people got the flu despite getting immunized.
Members of these populations suffer from compromised immune systems, meaning their bodies can't fight off flu viruses as effectively. These complications often result in hospitalization, and sometimes become fatal.
At that time there was no vaccination to protect against flu. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Evidence has been growing over the last several years about post-flu risks that most people and even some physicians don't know about, according to William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands.
Officials no longer recommend getting the vaccine via nasal spray.
"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains", Wiese said. "You're still talking about 50 to 60 percent effectiveness", Games said.
He urges anyone with flu symptoms, such as a sore throat or fever, not to visit friends and relatives in long-term care facilities, hospitals or those with underlying health conditions.
Despite this rigorous research, the flu virus is nasty and changes constantly. Sanofi, through its recent acquisition of Protein Sciences, markets the Flublok family, the only recombinant-based flu shots approved in the U.S. Seqirus' Flucelvax is also the only FDA-approved cell-based flu vaccine.
You can not get the flu from the flu shot.
Is it even worth it?
Dr. Stephen Munday, County Health Officer stated, "These deaths are a reminder that Influenza is a serious illness especially for high-risk individuals". "It's still early to make a specific prediction, but all indications point to high flu activity, so it's important that people start getting their flu vaccine now".
"Influenza can take a person who is functional in society and make them very sick, but after they recover they may never get back to that same level of function that they had before".
You can receive a flu shot at your local drugstore.