Setting the Record Straight During National Influenza Vaccination Week

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week is from December 1-7, 2019.

Ten states were experiencing widespread flu activity, while 40 states were experiencing sporadic, local, or regional flu activity as of November 23, according to the latest CDC data.

Parents are being urged not to delay in getting the flu vaccine for their toddlers and children with the take-up rate worryingly lower than previous year.

Anna Hartley, director of public health in Wakefield, said influenza is now circulating in the United Kingdom, especially in the north of the country. They urge residents to get flu shots now.

Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

Officials recommend that everyone older than six months get a flu shot. It is also important for those who spend time around anyone who is high risk for flu complications.

The strains selected for the flu vaccine in the Northern Hemisphere are determined by flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Scrub with soap and water to remove germs. Always wash hands before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, spending time outside, touching animals, using the bathroom, or changing a baby's diaper.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. They will have to get out by taking a lot of rest and drinking a lot of fluids.

During the 2016-2017 season, flu vaccination helped prevent an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations.

Past year a record 70% of doctors, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff who have direct contact with patients received the flu vaccine, with most local NHS employers achieving a vaccination rate of 75% or higher.

While trivalent vaccines protect against two influenza A types and a single B lineage, the quadrivalent vaccines protect against all the four strains of influenza virus. Further, strictly hygienic manufacturing processes of flu vaccines require a significant time period due to numerous formalities - purification, quality analysis, safety controls, and packaging and regulatory approvals. 5555, or visit their website.

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