Friday, 18 January, 2019

Flu season continues slow start in Erie

Flu Lands Two Unvaccinated Pregnant Women in ICU Study: Misconceptions, fear kept nearly half of adults in Kentucky from getting flu shots in 2018
Melissa Porter | 23 December, 2018, 13:24

In Michigan, two children died a year ago due to flu-related complications.

Just last week, the CDC said the flu season was off to a slow start, but all that changed a couple of days ago when the number of reported cases rose to the point where the flu season is officially underway, said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

"It's too soon to make any assessment about this season's severity, however since this H1N1 virus emerged in 2009, it has been associated with significant illness and severe illness among young children", the CDC said.

Influenza vaccine is free.According STSS, from October 1 to December 16 were registered ten cases of influenza, and the Balti was the first reported case of death associated with the flu, and we are talking about 54-year-old woman.

The flu has ramped up in time for Christmas, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Fifty-six percent of those who did not receive a shot cited what the survey called "a common misperception" about the vaccine to explain why they hadn't done so.

The flu vaccine is inactive and can not cause the infection.

This is the sixth flu-related death in the state for this season. Flu vaccines are available at most local pharmacies as well as from your health care provider. You can also get vaccinated at some churches. The vaccine is safe and effective.

The top three reasons why they didn't want the shot were: bad side effects; thinking they'll get the flu from the shot; or thinking it doesn't work. If you do still get the flu you're 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

A majority of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H1N1 virus.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on the flu.