It's peak flu season: Here's what you need to know
01 December, 2017, 06:38
The researchers proposed that substantially discordant flu season that the Southern Hemisphere encouraged during its winter months this year may be the manifestation of what's to expect as the flu season progresses in the Northern Hemisphere.
FACT: Getting the flu vaccine, even later in the season, can still be beneficial.
Flu vaccines are created to protect against the most common flu viruses. This year, there is again an option for a Trivalent (3-strain) vaccine, which protects from the three most common flu strains, or the Quadrivalent (4-strain) vaccine, which includes one additional strain. This is based on what health experts are seeing in Australia. The country is often used as a model for how vaccines will perform in the States. This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients-well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes.
"Last year, we both got the flu shot and then we both got the flu", Scott said.
Only two states, Oklahoma and Louisiana have widespread flu. Flu season in Spokane County typically peaks in February.
Health officials say the deaths of two people due to influenza are the first flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season.
Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine created to protect against three different flu viruses-two A viruses and one B virus. It can cause mild to severe illness.
The specialists also noted that account from Australia have engendered developing apprehension with hitting high spots in the laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and upsurge and increasing figures of hospitalizations and deaths.
Some people, such as those over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, American Indian/Alaska Natives and those with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious flu complications. Everyone should take other precautions, such as regular hand-washing and avoiding people who are sick.
The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own.
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