(Batesville, Ind.) - Flu season is right around the corner and again this year, Margaret Mary Health recommends the flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting yourself. As the 2018-19 flu season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started reminding the public to get flu shots. "Even if it is not a ideal match for all this year's flu strains, the flu vaccine will provide some protection and reduce your chances of needing to be hospitalized if you do get sick". Influenza vaccination in high-risk individuals has also been linked to favorable health outcomes, including fewer flu-related hospitalizations and death.
Arkansas health officials are bracing for the upcoming flu season, after the prevous one was the deadliest in three decades.
"The flu is a smart virus, and what I mean by that is it's constantly changing". A reason why many parents are taking advantage of the vaccination clinic the health department has at provided at area schools.
"Once we get older, our immune systems don't work as well, so by giving them the higher dose, it's supposed to boost the immunity better".
In response to The Gulf Today question, MoHP-Preventive Medicine Department director Dr Nada Al Marzouki said that while the two kinds of vaccine-injection and nasal spray-are available across the emirates, all 76 MoHP primary healthcare centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah use the former. The peak of flu season comes sometime between December and February, but the season can last as late as May.
Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza.
But some doctors think the vaccine has been disappointing in some seasons because its protection can fade quickly against certain flu viruses, apparently most dramatically in people 65 and older.
Of the 180 children who died in the previous year, 80 percent, or 144 of them, did not receive the vaccine during the season, the CDC said. Officials said it's an easy, convenient way for residents to get vaccinated against the flu without ever having to leave their vehicles.
Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza.
"Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart".