What's New this Flu Season?

The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later

The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later

Despite that guidance, less than half of Americans have received a shot this season. Common concerns focus on efficacy of the vaccine and side effects.

"Are doctors who administer the vaccines supposed to earn spiritual merit", she asked, in a sarcastic reference to comments by Premier William Lai (賴清德) in October asking caregivers to look past their low salaries and regard their work as a way to earn spiritual merit. By the end of the year, the CDC declared an epidemic, with more than 20 deaths in just a few weeks before Christmas that year. Health officials stress that an annual flu shot can still help lessen the severity of illness, and for people at high risk of complications from flu, it can be a life saver. The vaccine is projected to be less effective in preventing the flu, but the department of health recommends getting a flu shot.

Infants and pregnant women, particularly those in the second and third trimesters, are most vulnerable to developing complications, according to the CDC.

Therefore, do you think it's worth getting a flu shot this year?

Washoe County has confirmed its first two flu-related deaths of the new winter season.

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Health-care workers and people whose close contacts have underlying medical conditions have additional impetus to get inoculated against the flu, she said.

Still, "I believe it's worth getting the vaccine", Siegel said. "Even if it's not a ideal match, it's very important, not just for yourself, but also to protect those with whom you may come in contact - including babies too young to get vaccinated and people who have weakened immune systems". As part of the series, Joan Mann also discusses how her adult daughter, Kendra, sadly succumbed to the flu at age 35.

Even if you don't have a regular health care provider, the flu vaccine is available in many settings. It is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets containing the flu virus are inhaled into your mouth or nose.

Schwartz, who was not involved in the CDC reports, said some of her patients take the flu shot, but others do not.

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them.

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