Thursday, September 28, 2017

Get your flu shots, US urges amid concerns about bad season

People 65 years and older, living with chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and liver transplant recipients are particularly at risk from the flu and are more susceptible to flu-related complications.

In The News
Flu Vaccine Cuts Rate of In-Hospital Deaths
October 5, 2017
Vaccination for influenza is associated with a reduction in adverse outcomes among adults who are hospitalized for influenza, according to a recent study......
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Get your flu shots, US urges amid concerns about bad season
It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.

The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that’s notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

And in the U.S., small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu already are popping up.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen but there’s a chance we could have a season similar to Australia,” Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press.
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CDC - 2017-2018 Flu Season
CDC guidance for the 2017-2018 influenza season has been published.

Recommended Reading
Read all past and current Seasonal Flu Vaccine articles posted on this blog.

Autumn is here, which means that flu season is around the corner. The flu is not a cold or “just a small bug.” Influenza is a potentially life-threatening illness, and if you have never had it, consider yourself lucky.
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Protect yourself with a free flu jab - living with hep C puts you at greater risk
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:09
People living with chronic liver disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu, because liver disease can affect their immune system, making it more difficult to fight off infection. People living with liver disease are 48 times more likely to die if they develop flu than healthy individuals.
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