Get Your Flu Shots Now

Seasonal flu vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere's flu season will still contain the earlier H3N2 strain, and its trivalent vaccine's B strain will be the Victoria-lineage virus.

"The Australian Government has been carefully monitoring vaccine effectiveness for seasonal influenza vaccines and is committed to exploring enhanced vaccination program arrangements through the NIP, including the use of advanced vaccines for those aged 65 years and over into the future".

"But their Achilles heel is that their ability to protect against disease is affected by how well an individual's immune system works", she said.

Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent.

With flu season right around the corner, you're sure to be flooded with messages reminding you to get your yearly influenza vaccination.

Federal health officials Thursday urged Americans to get vaccinated before flu season starts in October, and released data showing fewer MI residents got flu shots previous year than the national average.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price "leads by example" and receives an influenza vaccination from Medstar Visiting Nurse Sharon Walsh-Bonadies during a news conference on September 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out guidelines for who should be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.

With the onset of winter and the "flu season", the research is likely to be of interest to people who are having their flu shot.

"The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something such as a doorknob with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth, therefore good hand-washing habits are important in preventing the flu; however, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine", the release stated.

Health Department officials warn that people of all ages get the flu.

"That an extra two million Australians were likely to have a flu vaccination this year due to their availability through community pharmacy points to the success of the scheme, and the need to extend it further next year".

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The team also emphasises that the mood effect was only significant for one of the flu strains in that year's vaccine, H1N1 - and participants had the smallest levels of antibody for this one prior to vaccination.

Among children, ages 6 months to 17 years old, 59 percent were vaccinated nationally compared to 55.7 percent in MI.

"We are pleased to see that the decrease in vaccination coverage among adults age 50 years and older that we saw in the 2015-2016 season was not sustained during the 2016-2017 season", said Dr.

Officials said that for the 2017-2018 season, vaccine manufacturers have estimated that as many as 166 million doses of flu vaccine will be available nationally.

As a result, the researchers found patients had very high levels of antibody for two out of three of the viruses present in the vaccination, even before they were immunised.

The World Health Organisation's advisory panel has concluded its bi-annual meeting on the Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine.

  • Delores Daniels