Stagnant flu vaccine rates worry United States health officials

29 September, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Joy Garcia
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You've probably noticed that the annual flu shot isn't 100 percent effective - not just because of the differences in virus strains attacking us, but also based on the person getting the shot and whether they develop a strong protective immune response. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent influenza.

Prof Murphy said that now only around 70% of eligible Australians take up the offer of a free vaccine through the National Immunisation Program.

Children aged two and three years will receive a nasal vaccination at their GP surgery.

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) started this year's Flu Vaccine Campaign and offered the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination starting September 19,2017.

According to the Health Department, those who come to the clinic "should bring their insurance card with them to the flu vaccine clinic".

Most recent viruses are antigenically similar to the cell-propagated version of Hong Kong vaccine virus from the previous season, but were less similar to the egg-propagated virus, according to results from ferret serum tests.

The flu shot, of course, is not ideal, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says getting vaccinated reduces the chance of catching the flu by 40 to 60 percent. "I urge everyone 6 months and older to do the same as soon as vaccine is available in their community".

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The team measured positive mood, physical activity, diet, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, and other measures of psychological and physical health, three times a week over a six-week period in a group of 138 older people due to have their flu shot.

Price himself got vaccinated Thursday during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. During the 2016-2017 season, the hospitalization rate was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season and higher across all age groups (cumulative rate for all ages of 62.6/100,000) than the previous eight seasons, with the exception of the 2014-2015 season.

The findings are important as flu vaccinations are estimated to only be effective in 17-53 percent of older adults compared to 70-90 percent of younger people.

Among pregnant women, 54 percent said they were vaccinated in 2016, which is the same as the last four flu seasons, the CDC researchers reported.

Although the vaccination rate among health care workers seems high, it ranged from 92 percent of those who worked in hospitals, to 68 percent of those working in nursing homes and to 76 percent in clinics. "Our goal is to increase coverage for children of all ages". And the major culprit has been the H3N2 flu strain, which is known for causing severe disease, especially among older people. Pneumococcal disease is often a common and deadly complication of influenza.

Flu season is fast approaching, and US health officials are anxious that this season could be a bad one.

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