Sweden's National Health Agency warns of flu vaccine shortages

Public health agencies say the flu vaccine is the best protection from the flu and its complications

If you haven't yet received a flu shot, we believe it's worth getting the vaccine - and there's still time to do so before the flu season peaks.

Although the National Health Agency states that all adults can "benefit" from vaccinations, it only officially recommends that those 65 and over, pregnant woman and "persons with certain underlying diseases" get an annual influenza vaccination.

Correcting misinformation about the flu vaccines is hard, and the academic literature provides mixed signals about approaches to tackling this problem.

"The flu vaccine is considered safe and recommended for all pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy and mothers who are breastfeeding", Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said in a news release.

Wintertime has arrived in Vermont, and so has flu season. In Vermont, almost 40 deaths had flu as an underlying cause.

The report also showed a total of 383 hospitalizations reported since October 1, with slightly more than 1 flu-related hospitalization for every 100,000 people during the week ended December 1.

"Each year, the flu vaccine must be reformulated to ensure it is effective". Flu shots also don't ever cause the flu. Yet even though flu shots are readily available and low-priced, many don't get one.

The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies
The flu shot is available at health care providers walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies

What about families/friends of patients?

Looking at the new NORC report, Webby worries about "the quarter of people [age] 60-plus that are not getting vaccinated". Suppose the patient has a compromised immune system?

While receiving your flu shot, inquire about other vaccinations that you may need. It will go away. More serious adverse events are rare. Many experimental vaccines have attempted to exploit the fact that the bottom part of the hemagglutinin protein does not change much from strain to strain, but those preparations haven't proved potent enough.

During last year's flu season, 325 adults and five children died in Kentucky due to flu or complications from the virus, and there were a record number of hospitalizations. The flu vaccine is crucial, not only to prevent flu in an individual, but also to prevent the spread of flu to those who may be at higher risk of complications.

As many people turn to the Internet for health information, it is critical to recognize that user-generated content from anti-vaccine supporters directly impact patient medical decisions.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, some pharmacies and Park County Public Health.