First death of Florida flu season confirmed

A pharmacist at the Wal Greens on Wilson Street in Brewer prepares to inject a patient with the flu vaccine

A pharmacist at the Wal Greens on Wilson Street in Brewer prepares to inject a patient with the flu vaccine

Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that number has been significantly lower in other years. "That black abyss is something that people can avoid if they would simply get the flu vaccine", said Pool. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said. Well, not exactly. According to federal government statistics, less than half the adults who should get the influenza vaccine each year actually do so.

Added to that uncertainty is the question of how effective this season's vaccine may be in preventing people from getting the flu.

Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma reported widespread activity during the week ended November 25, the report stated.

Flu shot producers expect to make between 151 million and 166 million doses of vaccine this flu season.

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick. As part of the series, Joan Mann also discusses how her adult daughter, Kendra, sadly succumbed to the flu at age 35.

Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine. The flu vaccine changes each year in anticipation of the strains mostly likely to predominate in the season ahead. The number of influenza-associated hospitalizations reported in individuals in the 65 years and older age group is almost double the average number of cases reported over the past five flu seasons.

Kathryn Pool shares why every senior should get an annual flu vaccination. "The people who are most vulnerable are the elderly and children and women who are pregnant". The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all the residents of our city and the surrounding area that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

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