State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of Season

A leading GP has assured older people that they will receive their flu jabs in time despite some reports of delays

ISLAMABAD-Experts have urged the National Health Institute (NIH) to play its role in disseminating awareness about prevention and cure of influenza disease which has become a threat for a number of citizens especially children and old age people with the advent of the winter season. Here are some facts and clarifications on common misconceptions about the vaccine. Flu season typically runs from October to May. Every year, up to 650,000 deaths are attributed to the flu worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The vaccine's effectiveness depends on multiple factors - including the amount of time between vaccination and exposure to the disease, your age and health status - yet studies show the flu vaccination benefits public health, especially when the vaccine is well matched to that year's circulating viruses. Those that wish to get their flu shot after November 21 will need schedule an appointment with the Health Department. He noted that past year the United States government only spent $100 million on the field as a whole.

The flu "influenza" is an infection in the nose, throat and lungs caused by a virus.

"Influenza is high fever, headaches, dry cough, sore muscles and it can lead to problems like pneumonia and other various life threatening conditions", Belcher said.

No medications do not cure and are not recommended instead of the flu shot. Traditionally it protects against 3 types of influenza: Influenza A, (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B.

The medicines work by reducing the severity of symptoms if you start taking them soon after you begin to get sick. Officials say it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body. "I encourage all Manitobans who are eligible to receive this vaccine to get it". 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.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr.

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said.