Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Carefully engineered flu shots are both safe and effective

Carefully engineered flu shots are both safe and effective

"Prevention is better than cure", she said, adding: "it is quite important to take the vaccines instead of being absent from work for several days because of getting the flu, or passing it on to someone else".

Too many vaccinated people still get the flu, and when it comes to research funding to address this problem, our public health agencies seem little exercised about it. Depending on how good the selections of strains are, during a given flu season the effectiveness can vary widely.

The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent.

One of the reasons for flu vaccines' relative ineffectiveness last season was that most were prepared from fertilized chicken eggs, a method of production known to reduce the effectiveness against certain flu strains, particularly H3N2. China Securities Journal cited data from the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control saying that in the first three quarters of this year, health authorities approved a total of 7.35 million doses of flu vaccine, half as many as over the same period last year.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Marshall County Health Department (MCHD) is offering the flu vaccine.

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You get the flu by breathing.

For more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

In summary, my unsolicited advice is that you should go get your influenza vaccine and to also immunize your kids. Adults with weakened immune systems or young kids can spread the infection to others for even longer times. They also urge people to stay at home if they are sick.

Goodhue County Health and Human Services and Pine Island School District are lowering that number by organizing a Flu Vaccination clinic for anyone 6 months or older.

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season, and carving pumpkins turns into carving turkeys and decking the halls, we all need to be reminded and aware of the uninvited guest: Influenza. As we've discussed, flu vaccines fight certain strains of the flu that are expected to be particularly virulent.

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