Can the flu shot hurt my immune response?

Flu cases and deaths in Pakistan are on the rise—but should we be alarmed?

Though effectiveness of the vaccine has dropped to 30 percent this year, Nevin-Woods said that shouldn't stop someone from getting the flu shot. "Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups".

"The end of the season really won't be until April", she said. "The reason for that in emergency medicine there is a lot of overcrowding", Henry said.

After the New York State Health Department announced that influenza was prevalent in NYS on December 13, 2017, the New York State Nurses Association reminded it members that all workers who could potentially expose patients or residents to the flu must either receive a flu vaccine, or wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where patients are typically present. That's how a doctor is describing the flu that's sickened people throughout the United States.

"The numbers are still going up", said Sara Robinson, influenza coordinator for Maine Center for Disease Control.

The truth: The World Health Organisation predicts which flu viruses will be circulating at different times of the year, and are renewed each year to match the oncoming strain of viruses.

The latest weekly map put out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows the flu is already "widespread" across every part of the USA mainland.

Jernigan said the most recent statistics show a doubling in the number of hospitalizations, in the course of the week, with 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people for the first week of January.

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"What we're seeing is the season has started early and that it's probably peaking right about now", Jernigan said.

He added that is it crucial people do not go into the ER for the common cold or flu.

This flu season has been particularly hard-hitting. According to the CDC, anti-viral drugs to treat the flu are proving effective this year.

State coverage range from 36.1 percent to 55.4 percent, with only about eight states above the 50 percent mark.

"Flu seasons every year are bad so there's never a mild flu season". It means the number of people who need to receive a treatment before the general public can reap a certain benefit.

Stay home when you are sick.

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