Health department offers walk-in flu shot clinics

New Zealand's 2017 vaccine covered two strains of Influenza A and one strain of Influenza B called Victoria

FILE New Zealand's 2017 vaccine covered two strains of Influenza A and one strain of Influenza B called Victoria

Among women who received pH1N1-containing vaccine during the previous influenza season, the aOR for vaccine receipt within the 28-day window was 7.7, whereas the aOR for the same period was 1.3 among women not vaccinated during the previous season.

"We've seen an interesting trend the last couple years where we've seen more B influenza later in the season", Dr. Itskowitz says. They are experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks they've ever had.

Sheehy said the shot is the best way to stop the spread of the flu.

For many decades, researchers believed the flu vaccine offered solid protection if it was a good match to the circulating strains; studies from the 1940s through the 1960s routinely showed an efficacy of 70% to 90%.

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"It causes a lot of deaths, especially in people who have a little bit of a health problem otherwise". Generally, the vaccine is less effective in the elderly.' This is because as you age, your immune response to vaccines (which is what makes it effective) and infections gets weaker, a process called immunosenescence. "The best strategy remains to get a vaccine every year".

Ms Hennessy said many health workers were also being impacted by the flu despite being vaccinated. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.

Vaccines are recommended for all people over the age of 6 months. Most health plans cover vaccinations and a self-pay discount is available to people without insurance coverage. "That is double from what we had a year ago". Do I need it again? One such vaccine, for those aged 65 and over, is due to be licensed in the United Kingdom later this year, and could potentially be used in next year's flu programme, according to draft minutes of the June meeting of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Flu outbreaks typically begin in October and last as late as May, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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"Dealing with the flu can be very unpleasant - and it can sometimes be very costly if you have to miss work or school while you're sick or caring for others who are sick". They found loads of HA mutations, as expected, but most weakened the virus, making it "unfit", meaning it could not transmit human to human.

Naomi, RN "We want to cocoon these people by surrounding them with vaccinated people", said registered nurse Naomi Friesz. About 25 percent of people who receive the shot experience some redness and swelling near the injection side.

Anaphylaxis - a severe allergic reaction that needs immediate medical attention and could be fatal.

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