If a person does get a disease but is in contact with people who have been vaccinated, the disease will not spread quickly to other people.
The US flu season gained more steam last week, with most states reporting widespread activity and three more pediatric flu deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its weekly update today.
The number of New Yorkers hospitalized by the flu during the past week was 786 a 12% increase from the last report.
A cumulative rate of 14.8 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported. Finally, when people encounter the social influence of someone like a health care provider who encourages vaccines, people are more likely to get vaccinated.
These new fatalities increase the 2018-2019 flu season total to 22.
About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools each school day in the United States, according to the CDC.
In 2018, the flu spread across the country in one of the worst outbreaks in US history. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The first cases in Kentucky were confirmed in September and he anticipates new cases being diagnosed into May.
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"We know that younger people, especially kids, have been affected a lot by this strain of influenza and that's been across the country", Dr. Hu says.
Needless to say, many of us prefer to rely on "natural" remedies and avoid any side effects from prescription medicines in any health concern.
Experts say that people should continue to take precautions in terms of basic sanitation practices like frequent hand washing, good diet and healthy habits as the virus is still infecting people.
A seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months and older. "This is another reason why people should get the flu shot". People over age 65, children under age 2 and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia, according to the CDC.
Henry admits the flu shot is not flawless by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection.
"The vaccine is not flawless", said Schaffner. This is impossible. The flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus or no flu virus at all, so it can not give you the flu.