Friday, December 5, 2014

Docs React to CDC’s Flu Vaccine News

Nearly half of all adults in America typically say “no thanks” to the flu shot each year. And the recent headlines about this year’s less effective flu vaccine have local doctors worried that patients won’t put flu vaccinations at the top of their to-do list.

Roughly 1 in 5 Americans gets the flu each year. And despite today’s news, physicians at AFC/Doctors Express are still encouraging people to get their flu shot!


Fast Flu Facts:
  • A flu vaccine contains three or four flu viruses (depending on the type of vaccine you receive) so even when there is a less than ideal match, the vaccine may protect against different but related viruses (according to the CDC).

  • 52% of the 85 influenza virus samples collected and analyzed from October 1 through November 22 of this year were different than the virus strains included in this season’s flu vaccine.

  • The most common strain of the virus reported so far this season is influenza A (H3N2). In the past, this strain has been linked to higher rates of hospitalization and death.
  • Even with a less than ideal match, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccination, especially high risk groups such as the elderly, young children, and those with chronic health conditions.

  • Only two states have reported widespread flu activity so far this season, according to the CDC.

  • This past February, the FDA recommended that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine be the same one used for the 2013-2014 flu season.
  • Flu vaccination rates are on the rise. In 2012-2013, 41% of adults and 56% of children received the flu vaccination (an increase from the previous flu season).

  • January through March is peak flu season.

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