A new survey released by Clover Health reveals that just 66 percent of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season. Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu.
Vaccinations remain to be the top defense against the flu, especially during flu season.
Early rates of flu-like illnesses this season appear similar to those rates from a year ago. Influenza B strain viruses, which have the same symptoms as A-strain viruses, are also circulating this season as usual, the CDC said. Unfortunately, although it's easy to get the flu vaccine, not everyone does. "There are some people who can't get a different variety of flu shots, but if everyone else around them have the shots, it helps to keep the prevalence of the disease down".
In 2008, New Jersey's Public Health Council issued a compulsory flu vaccination for all children before entering preschools and daycare centers. Adults over 65, children under 2 and individuals with medical conditions not only should get a flu shot, they should get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia, according to the CDC. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause.
Health care providers are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. In a survey, it was found that almost half of American adults are planning to skip the flu vaccine this season.
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These methods are set in place to protect the most vulnerable, who tend to be the very young, the very old and those with compromised health situations.
'Myth-busting' is closely tied to the first approach, except that it frequently involves exposing people to a piece of misinformation about the flu vaccine in an effort to discredit it. "Now is the time to get a flu shot and protect yourself from a serious illness", said Dr. In Texas, they include 4-year-old Leon Robert Sidari, the son of two Air Force physicians, who died on Christmas Day.
Recent academic studies have shown that presenting survey respondents with facts about vaccine safety can decrease the extent to which survey respondents believe that vaccines are unsafe.
While a lot has changed since 1918, the flu still kills people every year.
Nurses can talk with patients and families about ways in which they can talk to their visitors about the importance of receiving the flu vaccine and can work with them to perhaps set limits or discourage visitors who have not been vaccinated.