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Expect a Bad Flu Season

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Judith Alexander | 08 December, 2017, 02:08

While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

A former OH nurse with the Christ Hospital Health Network said she was sacked last month for refusing a flu vaccine. "High fever, body aches, chills, but it's a respiratory illness that starts with a cough".

Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise. The drug works best when taken right when you get sick, so seeing your doctor early is a good move, she said.

Not everyone agrees that the flu shot is one of the best ways to protect families and prevent serious complications, including Dr. Erika Schwartz, an internist and founder of a medical practice in New York City that focuses on wellness and disease prevention.

"Some patients believe the possible side effects outweigh the positives that they get from prevention", she said.

"They had quite a substantial epidemic due to H3N2, so there's a lot of speculation that that's foreboding a severe season for us also", she said from Vancouver.

And the vaccine is no guarantee of protection.

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The CDC confirmed flu cases in 2017 are at more than 7,000 right now, which is more than double what they were at this time previous year.

If the numbers are any indication of what's to come, people are in for a bad flu season. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.

In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small airways in the lung, and pneumonia, infection of the lungs, in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.

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