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5 myths about flu shots

In the wake of the worst flu season this year, Michigan public health professionals recommend Michigan residents to get their…

In the wake of the worst flu season this year, Michigan public health professionals recommend Michigan residents to get their 2018-19 influenza shots earlier than later.

“The influenza vaccine is the best mechanism we need to protect against this serious life-threatening disease,” said Bob Swanson, Immunization Program Manager for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Exceptions from Universal Vaccination: Children under 6 months old; those with a life threatening allergy to vaccine ingredients like egg or gelatin, and those who have Gullian-Barre syndrome. People who are sick should wait until they are healthy to have an influenza condition or check with their doctor, according to the CDC.

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7-18. National estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter, making it the most deadly flu season since 1976, according to the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In previous seasons, influenza-related deaths have varied from a low of about 12,000 in the 2011-2012 season to a high of about 56,000 in 2012-2013.

About 29 percent of Michigan children under 18 years and about 28 percent of adults received flu shot during the 2017-18 season, according to MDHHS data.

The low vaccination concerns worry Michigan public health professionals who say misunderstandings about flu vaccines flow.

Here are some of the myths.

Myth 1: Influence rejection does not work.

It is certainly true that people who are infected with flu may still get the flu. Studies still show that the vaccine can reduce the risk of influenza by 40 to 60 percent.

And even when people get flu, those who have been vaccinated are less likely to become seriously ill. CDC points to a new study that influenza scars reduce the risk of being taken into intensive care by 82 percent.

“I wish the influenza vaccine was more effective, but it’s better than no protection at all,” Swanson said. “It can not completely protect you, but one thing it’s good is to protect yourself from serious illness.”

Myth 2: You can get influenza from the flu vaccine.

Since influenza shots are made with a killed virus or a single gene from an influenza virus, there is no chance of getting the flu from the vaccine, says CDC.

The most common side effects of flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given, says CDC. Low-quality fever, headache and muscle aches may also occur for one or two days.

“In randomized blind studies, where some people get inactivated flu and others get saltwater shots, the only differences in symptoms were increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among subjects who received the flu state. There were no differences in body weight, fever , cough, runny nose or pain in the throat, says CDC.

Swanson points out that it takes 10 days to two weeks for a flu image to be effective. This means that it is possible for someone to be exposed to flu just before vaccine and then come down with the flu before the vaccine enters into force.

“I think that happens a lot,” Swanson said. “People get shot because there are all these flu cases and they are exposed before they get the shot.”

Myth 3: If you are young and healthy or never get sick, do not you

Being young and healthy is no protection against influenza – and the good news for These people are that the flu vaccine works best for the demographic.

In addition, that group is also crucial for limiting the spread of the disease. When healthy people avoid getting flu, it means that the more vulnerable populations – including children for young people to be vaccinated and older for whom the vaccine is less effective – are less likely to be infected.

“The vaccine works better with children and young adults,” Swanson said. “It’s not that effective with older adults, though they are often the ones who need the most protection.”

A new study suggests that the number of people being vaccinated is more important to protect life than the actual effect of each season vaccine.

Myth 4: Doctors promote flu shots in the pharmaceutical industry’s offer.

The skepticism against vaccinations often suggests that flu shots are postponed by a medical community in the drug’s wood industry.

Not true, Swanson said.

“Doctors do not get a refund to administer an influenza virus,” he said. “They are in a flu accident because they care about their patients.”

Also note that influenza vaccines are encouraged by public health professionals worldwide – from Russia to Canada to the United Kingdom. Note that there are countries with socialized healthcare where doctors are isolated from lobbying by Big Pharma.

From the World Health Organization: “Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and severe results caused by influenza virus.”

Myth 5: It is better to get the flu instead of the flu vaccine.

Some take what they see as a precaution: It is better to risk getting the flu than risk complications from the flu vaccine. 19659002] Health officials say it’s a very bad venture, especially for people at high risk like pregnant women or people with chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.

“The most common reactions that humans have to flu vaccines are significantly less severe than the symptoms caused by the actual flu disease,” says CDC.

Remember that tens of thousands of people die nationwide every year after receiving flu, and many more are in hospital.

Last winter in Michigan, 1616 people – including 148 children – from Washtenaw, Genesee, Ingham, Eaton and Clinton County were infected with influenza-related diseases, according to MDHHS. (The five counties are part of the CDC’s Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Project, which provides population-based hospitals.)

“Vaccine is the best protection we have” against the flu, Swanson said. “Everyone should be vaccinated and they’ll do it every year.”

Below is an interactive map showing Michigan vaccination rates 2017-18 for counties under 18 years:

] is a map showing 2017-18 vaccination rates for the 18 and older. In both maps, you can place the cursor over a county to view the underlying data.

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