Kentucky Health Officials Offer New Weekly Flu Report

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Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine study the pattern of the flu in the southern hemisphere to examine how it may affect us.

"Influenza does not discriminate", Sikora said, noting immunization is the most effective means of protecting against the strains of influenza virus because strains change from season to season. "It's always hard to predict what is going to happen, but people should be prepared".

Will it be worse than most years?

Last season, 63 per cent of AHS workers were vaccinated - up slightly from the previous year - while Covenant Health employees posted a rate of 55 per cent.

"Influenza is a serious respiratory infection and even healthy people can end up in hospital".

You should also know that both the Fluzone High-Dose and FLUAD can cause more of the mild side effects that can occur with a standard-dose flu shot, like pain or tenderness where you got the shot, muscle aches, headache or fatigue. "Also, getting the flu vaccine helps keep you from spreading the flu to your family and other people". The thing is, some women hesitate to get vaccines while pregnant. "The flu shot can help an individual from getting the flu".

Now is an excellent time to get the shot because cases of the flu begin to rise sharply in December through March, peaking in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There is no preferred shot, just make sure to ask your doctor. In a 2012 Canadian observational study, FLUAD was 63 percent more effective than a regular flu shot.

Two other important vaccinations the CDC recommends to seniors, especially this time of year, are the pneumococcal vaccines for pneumonia.

While accompanying her young grandchildren for flu vaccinations at the South Calgary Health Centre on Monday, Laurie Barnett said the absence of the nasal mist could deter some parents from having needle-children protected from the illness. Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health will publish an online weekly influenza surveillance report, to be updated each Friday before noon.

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