CDC officials say vaccinations important for flu and pneumonia disease prevention

Faith Castro
September 30, 2018

Two doctors - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb - rolled up their arms to receive doses, as did former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joe Adams. Adams got his own at the event, telling the audience, "I did not feel a thing". People immunocompromised can get immunized.

The nasal spray is not recommended for pregnant women.

It's flu season again and health officials say it's time to get your flu shot.

CDC recommends that people be vaccinated anytime between now and the end of October. Signs and symptoms include: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults. "As a effect, the accumulating research now shows that there's an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke during the two to four weeks after recovery from acute influenza", said Dr. Schaffner. Most recently, an August 2018 study showed that flu vaccination lessened the risk of severe flu among adults, including reducing the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit, and also lessened severity of illness. But, of course, flu seasons are unpredictable. "We want to ensure it won't be a bad season".

"The damage continues even after one recover from the acute respiratory illness", Dr. Schaffner said.

"What is it that old and frail people often fear the most?".

Post-flu inflammation can affect blood vessels that lead to the heart and to the brain.

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He said the primary effect is increased risk from heart attacks and strokes, as well as a secondary concern for older people who are more vulnerable to disability and death.

Laura Riley, MD, professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, said in the NFID release that flu vaccination during pregnancy is safe. When people who are already frail or "on the edge" get flu, they may never return to their pre-flu functional level.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000. For the H1N1 strain, the effectiveness was 67 percent. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow".

Making a bad year worse, the flu vaccine didn't work very well.

"I'm just trying to figure out how to build trust", she said. It is healthy kids out there dying from the flu. The flu pandemic in 1918 killed an about 675,000 Americans and sickened one-third of the world's population.

Of the deaths, 180 were children. This is the highest reported number on record in the past 40 years. According to Webb-Collins, this is particularly important when it comes to school children who may come in contact with classmates who are not vaccinated or are sick. "We need to take this seriously", said Dr. David Priest, director of infectious disease prevention at Novant Health. Frank said it is especially important for those patients to get in as early as possible, as it will be about six weeks after their first shot before the child gets their protection. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are now made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with flu viruses that have been "inactivated" (killed) and that therefore are not infectious, or using only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing infection.

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