Worst flu season blamed on 'cheap vaccine'

Faith Castro
November 1, 2017

Maryland is preparing for a busy flu season, including Harford County, the department noted in a news release.

The Herald Sun reports doctors blame the high numbers on a $6 vaccine used as part of the national flu vaccination program.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2017-2018 influenza season.

The Center of Disease Control recommends everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine, especially before the upcoming holiday season.

Traditional flu vaccines protect against three different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.

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The vaccine's effectiveness depends on your age and the state of your immune system.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual past year, with activity picking up at the end of October. For more information and resources, including the Flu Vaccine Finder widget, visit http://www.snohd.org/flu.

If you do not have one of the warning signs, please call your provider to see if you can make an in-person or virtual appointment, or consider a walk-in or urgent care clinic. Colds, the CDC says, generally don't lead to serious complications or hospital stays, but the flu can if left untreated.

"Anyone can get the flu; however, some people are more susceptible to having very severe complications from the flu", said Tulsa Health Department spokesperson Leanne Stephens.

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