Every person who remains healthy because of the flu vaccination can not pass the disease on to others - elderly people, for example, for whom the vaccine is generally less effective.
This article is a condensed version of The Conversation article "Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems'". What's more, the so-called seasonal vaccine isn't particularly effective, with only 20% to 60% of people who receive it dodging illness because their immune systems have been properly trained.
As an indication of these misbeliefs, a recent study found that 43 percent of Americans, believe that the seasonal flu shot can give you the influenza virus. Dial 2-1-1 or visit healthvermont.gov/flu and use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a nearby place to get a flu shot. More serious adverse events are rare.
One hundred years ago, the news was grim as the 1918 influenza pandemic spread across the globe, claiming more lives than World War I, which ended that November.
Annual influenza vaccination is mandatory for civilian healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care and highly recommended for all other hospital employees who work in DoD facilities.
Are all health care providers required to get vaccinated?
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"The flu vaccine is considered safe and recommended for all pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy and mothers who are breastfeeding", Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said in a news release.
"It's nicer to get it done a little earlier in the season so that you're protected a little earlier, but it is absolutely not too late to get it".
What about those who say that they've gotten the flu shot in the past and still gotten the flu? How can you encourage them to get vaccinated? The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.
Webby said a "slightly reassuring signal" this year is that the H1N1 strain is the dominant strain of flu circulating. Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.
The CDC is an excellent resource for information regarding the flu. The website's real-time data helped physicians to treat patients in a timely fashion during the 2017 epidemic.
Four of the 10 USA regions reported ILI at or above their baseline levels, with two states (Georgia and Louisiana) reporting high ILI activity.