Your 2017 flu season questions answered

County Health Department: 'People of all ages are advised to get vaccinated'

The chief, Daniel Andrews, stretched out his sympathies to her family and said therapeutic staff were endeavoring to handle the especially awful flu season.

A puzzling study of US pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. The CDC notes that risk is much lower than the risk of developing severe flu complications.

Under the National Immunisation Program, those eligible for a free flu shot include people aged 65 years and over, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those who suffer from chronic health conditions.

"We would love to see free flu vaccination for everyone".

Can you get the flu from the flu shot? Call Public Health at 789-9203 with any questions about flu and the flu vaccine. "It is recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy because flu poses a danger to pregnant women, and a flu vaccine can prevent influenza in pregnant women".

People who have symptoms other than hives after exposure to eggs, such as respiratory distress, or who have required epinephrine due to an allergic reaction, can also can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health, but the vaccine should be given in a supervised medical setting.

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The composition of this year's vaccine, chosen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March, contains strains of A and B viruses, including H3N2.

The best way to avoid the flu doctors say is to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.

"We are dealing with a horror flu season and we're not quite sure when and where it will finish", Ms Hennessy told the radio station. "But especially, people who are very young and very old and also pregnant women desperately need to get the flu shot because they are very susceptible to the effects of influenza".

Others think the focus should be on getting as many people as possible vaccinated with a first dose in the first instance. "I'd be shocked in 15 years if any of our flu vaccines are grown in eggs".

Australia now offers free flu vaccinations to pregnant women. "It is right up the eastern seaboard of Australia", she said. Genetic comparisons, he says, would yield a better match. "We've got to do better".

The flu season extends over many months, from November to March, and peak vaccine immunity in the elderly is about five to six weeks after they have had their vaccine, he says.

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