IN reports its first flu-related death of the season

Scientists may have found the key ingredient for a universal flu vaccine and it comes from llamas

Instead, what they did was to collect antibodies from llamas with the flu, which they used to produce artificial antibodies that were then inserted into mice via a nasal spray.

Fact: The flu virus changes each year, so flu vaccines change to keep pace. Influenza is a communicable disease and the government must enforce proper public health policy in such kind of situation where spread of communicable diseases especially flu are really threat to the citizens, he said.

IN health officials say the state has recorded its first influenza-related death of the 2018-19 season at an unusually early time.

Myth: I got vaccinated last year, so I should be good for this year, too.

If you still need a flu shot, the City of Richmond and Henrico County are offering them for free on Friday, November 2.

"Influenza is high fever, headaches, dry cough, sore muscles and it can lead to problems like pneumonia and other various life threatening conditions", Belcher said. These antibodies seek out a target on the virus: a knob on its shell called hemagglutinin.The antibodies attach to the tip of the knobs, making it hard for flu viruses to enter cells. The worst one, in 1918, infected an estimated half-billion people and killed 50 million.But at any given time, a number of less potent flu strains are circulating, killing as many as 646,000 people worldwide each year.Vaccines significantly reduce the death toll by coaxing the immune system to make protective antibodies.

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He said influenza virus was seasonal and its outbreak in Pakistan is mostly by the H1N1 virus. Some prescriptions can help flu symptoms.

The cost of the Quadravalent flu shot is $40 for adults.

Two types of flu shots are available this season, state health officials said.

Myth: The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young. The reason being that the vaccine either has a killed (inactivated) form of the virus that is not infectious or it is made with proteins from a flu vaccine virus that is attenuated "weakened" and therefore can not cause the flu.

Grocery stores, pharmacies as well as doctor's offices and hospitals offer flu shots.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said. It's important just to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Getting vaccinated later in the flu season - through January or even after - can still be beneficial.

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