Do you need a second flu shot this season?


The CDC reported 13 more flu-related deaths in children, raising the total number of pediatric deaths for the season to 97 as of February 17.

That's unfortunate since the in the grips of the worst flu season in a decade, with a total of 84 child deaths. "We have surpassed the number of outbreaks reported for the last three influenza seasons including the 2014-2015 season", said Dawn Thomas from the Department of Health's Office of Communications.

There's finally one "encouraging" sign this flu season, but we're not out of the woods just yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Next flu season, most people will again have the option of getting the flu shot or the FluMist, an inhaled live virus vaccine.

County officials said the flu activity level (or number of cases reported) has decreased from "very high" to "moderate" and the number of hospitalizations went down 67 percent compared to the previous week.

The CDC does not report flu-related deaths.

After the first year when a child gets two shots they can get a single shot each flu season.

"Most people who get influenza will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications as a result of being sick with the flu", said Norlund.

22, 2018 Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a US government advisory panel says.

A second child in MS has died from flu-related complications.

All flu vaccines are a cocktail, made using three or four strains of the most common circulating flu viruses.

"I have real mixed emotions about this because I think we want to protect as many people as we can, particularly, as a pediatrician, for children", said Dr. Henry Bernstein, a professor of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in NY. "With one shot they can't fight off the flu", Dr. Jaime Khemraj said.

Flu is characterized by a sudden onset of high fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose. As the following chart illustrates, the share of doctor visits for flu and flu-like illnesses has not been this high since the 2009-10 season, when the flu hit early and hard but then quickly declined.

Feist said influenza B commonly occurs later in the season.

This year's extra-nasty flu continues to send Albertans to the hospital. "Handwashing and staying home when you are sick are also important for reducing the spread of influenza".