Kentucky experienced 194 flu-related deaths, including two children. Vaccines are offered at clinics, pharmacies, health centers - and it's possible they're available where you work. "We hopefully can continue to expand that period of time in which you could be protected". The official flu season started Sunday and runs through May 16, 2020.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this potentially serious disease.
About 40 million people contracted the flu previous year, with hundreds of thousands hospitalized and 35,400 to 61,000 deaths, including 134 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The child's parent or guardian must accompany the child for the vaccination. A three-year study shows the vaccine reduced the risk of being admitted to the hospital by 82% in adults.
This project has been funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of the NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract 75N93019C00060.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most active months for flu cases happen between December and February.
The most common misconception surrounding the vaccine is its potential to give you the flu. About eight to nine months in advance of the next influenza season, public health scientists use this data to select influenza virus strains to make the annual seasonal influenza vaccine.
"The main goal of our project is to identify vaccines that are broadly protective, meaning that they will protect people against most of the versions of the influenza virus that infect humans", said Ross.
Dillaha also stressed that the idea that the flu vaccine can cause the flu directly is untrue.
For more information, call the Health Department at 431-2662, ext.