"Most of my severe flu cases past year were in unvaccinated individuals and it's really sad when somebody has something life threatening that could've been prevented", said Dr. Chris Belcher, St. Vincent Infectious Disease Specialist.
Despite widespread publicity, Livar said his department still hears common misconceptions about the disease and the vaccine. The flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.
Ohio State Total Health and Wellness hosted by a Flu Vaccine Blitz for students. Every year, up to 650,000 deaths are attributed to the flu worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Health leaders say you can get the flu anytime throughout the year, but they see an increase in cases when the temperatures begin to drop. The clinic was held last year too and it was such a success, they held it again this year. (The only strain the mega-antibody didn't work on is a type of bird flu that has never been known to infect people.)"That's something that made this quite a unique antibody", said Joost A. Kolkman, an antibody engineer at Janssen, the pharmaceutical company, and a co-author of the new study, published in the journal Science. Early treatment with an antiviral drug can help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious. You'll probably feel weak and exhausted, and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache, eye pain, and a sore throat. The flu shot will only be available while supplies last.
Fact: It is true being healthy may help you recover from illness more quickly, but it won't prevent you from getting or spreading the flu virus. One of the most promising candidates for a universal flu vaccine was recently described in the journal Science - and it's based on antibodies produced by South America's camel, the llama.
The obvious one is that it keeps you from getting sick with the flu, reduces risk of hospitalization from the flu and protects people around you.
Another mistake, McFadden said, is not taking the flu seriously. Of these children, 772 (23%) had a positive test result for influenza and 1674 (50%) were vaccinated in the enrollment season. It does not matter where you go because they all use the same vaccine.