Treatment with a prescription antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu
illness and those who are at high risk of serious flu
complications based on their age or health.
Once you've had the flu
vaccine, you're protected for lifeNo, you aren't.
The seasonal flu
vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most on during the upcoming season.
season gearing up, now is the perfect time to sign up for the challenge and ask others to take flu
surveys, said Michelle Holshue, RN, APHA's Flu
Near You fellow.
He stressed that seasonal flu
is more common at this time of year.
Dr Sharon Hopkins, director of public health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: "The seasonal flu
stocks are running low and we have agreed to release the H1N1 vaccine.
A: In this country, the peak of flu
season occurs anywhere from late November through March.
is contagious--that means it spreads from person to person, often through the air.
To get a better picture of how well flu
vaccines may work, it helps to understand a little bit about the virus that causes the disease.
But in about 3 years out of every 10, designers guess incorrectly which variants of flu
will predominate, says Arnold Monto of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
It's important to get flu
shots even if you had not gotten it by the time you planned to get it.
While health care experts have little idea when a pandemic flu
will strike North America, how bad it will be, or what form it will take, many say the H5N1 bird flu
looks like a likely candidate.