A flu vaccine could save your life

A young pregnant mother receives a shot in her left arm to prevent pertussis in future child

Be careful about touching your face after you touch surfaces because influenza and other viruses and vermin can be on them. The flu vaccine doesn't prevent against all flu-causing viruses, but it is formulated to protect against the most common ones.

For viruses, Tamiflu is taken orally and Relenza is inhaled.

Who should get a flu shot?

They've made improvements in that vaccine so it's more effective in H1N1. Tamiflu is safe in babies and pregnant women. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to illnesses, and studies show that people who are chronically sleep deprived are more prone to getting sick after being exposed to a virus.

Should you contact your doctor at the first sign of flu symptoms?

Tamiflu and Relenza help you get better faster, but what about treating all the bad symptoms with the flu? Yes there is. Nausea medicines are available to help with vomiting. Exercise in whatever way feels good to you, and do not forget to rest as needed, too. Zofran comes in a convenient dissolvable tablet that you can just place under your tongue. Sometimes you have to try several to find the right one. If you get the flu in the second and third trimester, it can hurt the child and the mother. Some people don't have a fever with influenza and their illness might be mitigated if they got vaccinated. Symptoms can be vague making it hard sometimes to know the difference.

Common symptoms of the flu are high fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and dry cough.

He encouraged employers to arrange to have their staff scheduled to receive the flu vaccine.

In terms of efficacy, it varies from year to year but, more importantly, it's better than nothing. This means I can report results to my patients with much more confidence. You may experience a few mild symptoms after getting a flu shot, but these symptoms are not the flu itself.

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The first thing is that we had a decline in the number of people who got influenza shots and that is very disconcerting.

In general, you're probably getting the quadrivalent vaccine, infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The Erie County Department of Health argues that while not 100 percent effective, flu vaccines are the "best protection we have against this very serious disease", and guard against three different flu viruses.

For more information on getting the vaccine at Walgreens Pharmacy, visit here. People who are allergic to eggs, any of the ingredients in the vaccine, have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome or if feeling unwell, should consult their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

While the vaccine isn't flawless, it reduces the odds of getting sick or developing a serious complication if you do get the flu, Drevets said. On average, the effectiveness of the annual influenza vaccine is 50 to 70 per cent. However, anybody can contract the virus, even healthy people. Throw them out and wash your hands.

Researchers found that patients who were vaccinated against influenza were 27 per cent less likely to be hospitalized for heart failure complications.

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