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33-year-old Sarah Hawthorn is in a critical condition at Alfred Hospital Victoria and is yet to hold her baby boy who was born August 28 after suffering the flu

Mood May Influence How Well Flu Vaccine Works

Most surgeries in Corby are offering Saturday morning flu clinics free of charge throughout September and October to at-risk groups including people who are aged 65 years or over, live in a residential or nursing home, have a learning disability, live with someone who is immunocompromised, are the main carer of an older or disabled person, or who are pregnant.

The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 strain, and swapped out the Victoria-lineage B strain with a Yamagata-lineage virus that had been recommended previous year as the second B strain in quadrivalent vaccine formulations.

"But their Achilles heel is that their ability to protect against disease is affected by how well an individual's immune system works", she said.

The number of public health flu clinics has been reduced this season as more people turn to other means of getting the shot, not the flu.

Patients with insurance cards should bring them.

About 46.8 percent of Americans six months or older got flu shots during the 2016-2017 flu season, compared to 44.2 percent in MI, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Getting vaccinated against the flu can also protect a baby from flu after birth. And Lane County officials are urging people to get their shots sooner than later.

Children in reception year and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the vaccine in school.

Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC.

After all the data was gathered, the team compiled the information and discovered that only one of all the factors they looked at was predictive of higher flu antibody levels in the blood samples.

Being in a positive mood on the day that you receive your flu jab can increase its protective effect, according to a study by the University of Nottingham.

But too few children and adults get their yearly flu shot, he noted.

"Approximately 76.3 percent of children age 6 to 23 months old were vaccinated last season, exceeding the goal - but that was the only age group to meet that goal", Stinchfield said.

- Wide variation in influenza coverage was seen across states among children age 6 months to 17 years ranging from 43 percent (Wyoming) to 74.2 percent (Rhode Island) and in adults age 18 years and older from 33.4 percent (Nevada) to 51.1 percent (South Dakota). And the major culprit has been the H3N2 flu strain, which is known for causing severe disease, especially among older people. "Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease".

The World Health Organisation's advisory panel has concluded its bi-annual meeting on the Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine.

For the upcoming flu season, the CDC again recommended only injectable flu vaccines and not nasal sprays.

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