Oklahoma Health Officials Say 2 People Died Due To Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issues Influenza Watch

The Washington State Department of Health reported one other flu-related death in the state this season, in Pierce County. The vaccine promotes antibody protection within two weeks. And most health plans are required to cover the vaccine as well as number of other vaccinations. That could eliminate the need for people to get new flu shots each year. But that's not the case.

"What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was nearly an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs", Dr. Anthony Fauci told WTOP. Even a vaccine with limited effectiveness will protect some people from getting the flu. The vaccine is made from genetically-engineered proteins. Flu vaccines must be matched each year to the strains that will likely be circulating this year, but when different strains are active, the vaccine won't be as effective.

In addition to holidays and sweater weather, winter bring with it a less than welcome event: flu season.

North Carolina has already had 3 flu-related deaths. Because flu viruses are always changing-it's important to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources.

OnePlus 5T launched in Lava Red colour in China
The device is powered by the Snapdragon 835 platform which includes an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.45 GHz and an Adreno 540 GPU . The 5T boasts smaller bezels on the top and bottom of the device to make way for a six-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

When it first recommended against using FluMist last year, the CDC said that the manufacturer had projected making as many as 14 million doses for the 2016-2017 flu season, about 8 percent of the total flu vaccine doses projected for the year. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury.

If you do end up getting the flu, doctors we spoke to suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza; both can shorten the time that you're sick.

FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms and may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones.

"I think people should not be taking any risks whatsoever", says Dr. Arash Poursina, an infectious disease specialist at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

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