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As flu cases have already been reported in September 2022, many health authorities are preparing for the upcoming flu season by recommending that people aged 6 months and older receive flu prophylaxis in September and October of this year. We recommend that you get vaccinated.
“It’s a perfectly good time [people] Get an injection now,” said Aaron Gratt, M.D., medical director and director of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau in New York.
He is also a hospital epidemiologist.
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Dr. Michael Kinch, immunologist and vaccine expert, dean and vice president of science at Long Island University in New York, told Fox News Digital: Elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible, regardless of their health condition or age.
“It’s important that anyone over the age of 6 months who has not had a previous severe allergic reaction get an annual flu shot.”
“On average, 60,000 Americans die from the flu,” he added.
Of that tremendous loss of life, he added: [those losses] It can be prevented with routine vaccination. “
Yet another expert joined the discussion.
Dr. Fred Davis is Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine. Northwell Health in Long Island, N.Y., told Fox News Digital that it sees a large number of flu patients coming to its emergency department each year. We recommend getting the flu vaccine before you start.
“It’s important that anyone over six months old and who hasn’t had a previous severe allergic reaction get an annual flu shot,” Davis said.
Getting the flu vaccine every year can reduce the chance of serious complications from the flu virus.
Each year, influenza vaccinations are prescribed to protect against the four most likely influenza viruses that are expected to be the most prevalent that year.
He said that getting the flu vaccine every year can reduce the chances of people getting serious complications from the flu virus.
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“More at risk are [people older] People over the age of 65, people with certain chronic diseases (asthma, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, etc.), and people who are pregnant.
“Annual flu vaccines are especially important for these groups to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from flu,” Davis told Fox News Digital.
Federal health officials recommend seasonal influenza vaccination for most people over the age of 6 months, but with rare exceptions, it is not appropriate.
Health officials also say some vaccines may not be suitable for certain individuals.
“Different flu vaccines are approved for different age groups,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes on its website.
The CDC points out that there are standard-dose inactivated flu vaccines that are approved as early as six months of age. However, some vaccines are only approved for adults.
“Some people (such as those who are pregnant or have chronic health conditions) should not receive certain flu vaccines, and some should not receive the flu vaccine at all (which is rare). But).”
The CDC also said that different flu shots are approved for people of different ages and everyone should get the appropriate vaccine for their age.
Officials say there are standard-dose inactivated flu vaccines approved for people as young as 6 months. However, some vaccines are only approved for adults.
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These include recombinant influenza vaccines approved for persons 18 years and older and adjuvant and high-dose inactivated vaccines approved for persons 65 years and older.
3 flu vaccines this year
Starting with the 2022-2023 flu season, the CDC said there are three flu vaccines recommended for people 65 and older.
These vaccines are Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent Vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent Recombinant Influenza Vaccine, and Fluad Quadrivalent Adjuvant Influenza Vaccine.
Davis told Fox News Digital that he recommends people over the age of 65 get one of these vaccines because they have higher doses than others.
The CDC points out that pregnant women and people with certain chronic medical conditions can get the flu shot, as well as those with egg allergies.
But health experts also say it’s important to discuss each individual case with your healthcare provider to see if the vaccine is right for you.
The CDC also says there are rare circumstances in which certain individuals should not be vaccinated against the flu.
who should No Influenza vaccine candidates include children under 6 months of age and persons with “severe, life-threatening allergies to any component of the influenza vaccine (other than egg protein).”
The CDC said that if you’ve ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe paralytic disease, it’s important to talk to your health care provider before getting the flu shot.
The agency said this could include antibiotics, gelatin, and other ingredients.
The CDC also says that people who have had severe allergic reactions to flu vaccines in the past may not be able to get other flu vaccines.
Talking to your doctor or health care provider is essential to make sure vaccinations are right for you.
The CDC also says that if you’ve had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe paralytic disease, it’s also important to talk to your health care provider before getting the flu shot. vaccination.
Additionally, if you have previously had a severe allergic reaction to other flu vaccines, discuss with your healthcare provider whether you should withhold the new flu vaccine at this time.
“This year will definitely be tougher than the last two flu seasons as society opens up again and people wear masks less and less.”
If you do not feel well, talk to your doctor about your symptoms first. To make sure it’s the right time to get the flu vaccine, the CDC points out.
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As for nasal spray flu vaccines and injections, health experts tell Fox News Digital that it’s important to talk to your doctor about whether this type of vaccine is right for you. Shots are safer.
Ken Zweig, M.D., attending physician at Northern Virginia Family Practice in Arlington, Virginia, said:
“Although it does not cause problems in healthy patients, anyone who is pregnant, immunosuppressed, or very young, under the age of two, can catch the flu.”
Zweig is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at both Georgetown University in Washington, DC and the George Washington University School of Medicine.
“There are other reasons not to use nasal sprays, so anyone considering nasal sprays should talk to their doctor first,” Zweig added.
Zweig also told Fox News Digital, “With society opening up again and people wearing masks less and less, this year will definitely be tougher than the last two flu seasons. will be,’ he said.
“Many people are feeling vaccine fatigue from the COVID-19 vaccine, and there are more infants and toddlers who have never had the flu, so they may not have immunity.”
With the novel coronavirus still on people’s minds and with many people paying attention, Zweig hopes to reduce the chances of spreading the flu virus.
“Most people are still less likely to go to work or see friends when they have cold symptoms, so I think they are less likely to spread the flu than they were pre-COVID.
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But Zweig is still worried.
“Many people are feeling vaccine fatigue from the COVID-19 shot. Also, the past two seasons have been so mild that more infants and toddlers have never had the flu, so they are not immune. It’s possible,” he said.
“The best way to moderate the flu season is to vaccinate as many people as possible. Make sure you get vaccinated.”
Glatt also told Fox News Digital: