Flu Season Is Here: How Not To Get The Flu Bug

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Everyone 6 months or older should get the influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A vaccine for the flu typically contains a weakened form of the virus, which reduces the potency or virulence of the pathogen, all while still keeping the virus "alive" (viable).

Does the flu vaccine cause the flu? Last year, during one of the worst flu epidemics in recent memory, that figure was just 40 percent.And if a new strain of the flu were to strike, it might take months to develop an effective vaccine - plenty of time for the virus to sweep the globe, claiming hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of lives.On Thursday, an worldwide team of researchers offered a glimpse at something better than the seasonal flu shot. Results from the first year of using the high-dose flu vaccine on Manitoba seniors in long-term care facilities showed promising results.

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. You'll probably feel weak and exhausted, and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache, eye pain, and a sore throat.

3D print of influenza virus.

"One of the common ones (misconceptions) that we do get is that the flu shot will cause the flu, and that is incorrect", he said.

No medications do not cure and are not recommended instead of the flu shot.

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The medicines work by reducing the severity of symptoms if you start taking them soon after you begin to get sick. "You should get your flu shot as soon as possible".

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young.

A universal vaccine for the flu would finally put an end to the guessing game by offering protection against a wide pallet of influenza strains.

People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick.

Yes, unfortunately because sometimes you may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated, or because you may be exposed to a type of flux that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

Despite the hope that this country may duplicate Australia's flu season, Murti said Canadians shouldn't assume there's no point in getting vaccinated. But if you are going to get it, you should get it now.

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