Flu season could be the worst in almost a decade

08 December, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

"Getting the flu is an terrible experience".

"Grandparents are an important part of our families, and as they age, their health begins to decline", said Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu.

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.

Kathy Pool, Caroline's grandmother, knows firsthand about the importance of flu vaccinations for grandparents. The vaccine is projected to be less effective in preventing the flu, but the department of health recommends getting a flu shot. She and her family share their stories in hope that no one else has to experience the near tragedy they went through. Extremely rare severe allergic reactions can also occur, according to the CDC.

The bond between grandparent and grandchild is one rooted in fun, love and pure joy.

Doctors have been warning of a bad flu season in the USA because of what happened in Australia.

To watch the videos and to learn more about the flu, please visit: https://www.familiesfightingflu.org/multimedia/.

No new deaths, but another two-dozen-plus people are hospitalized in Oklahoma with the flu in the past week.

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The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to pause a plan to administer hepatitis A vaccines to children older than 12 months after the legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee questioned the plan's effectiveness yesterday.

In 2014, 147 children died of flu - majority from a particular strain, H3N2.

Tonda Francis, vice president of Regional Coordination and Clinical Initiatives at the Health Collaborative, said the rate of employees who are terminated for refusing flu shots is low.

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Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type.

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