Views How to prepare your workforce for flu season

Keili Marvel

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new information out this year, including citing a study in the journal Pediatrics as the first of its kind to show flu vaccination significantly reduces a child's risk of dying from influenza.

In some regions, cases had risen eight-fold by early December compared with a year ago and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted a high number of cases in 12 states. OH was already on the list.

The Illinois Department of Health reports one death related to the flu.

And even though the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, doctors say that's not a good enough excuse for you not to get vaccinated, especially since Louisiana is suffering from a "widespread" threat this year.

The CDC advises everyone older than six months of age get the flu shot if they aren't allergic. Sometimes patients may be exposed to the flu or other virus before receiving the vaccine, which can take up to two weeks to become fully effective.

Starting next month, hepatitis A vaccinations would be listed as a conventional vaccine for infants born on or after January 1 this year and who are at least 12 months old, the agency said.

"The flu vaccine has to be formulated months in advance in order to have it ready".

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But it still isn't too late to get a flu vaccine for this season.

The flu doesn't discriminate as to who it will infect, which is why it's important to make sure your workforce is prepared for flu season - which is now in full force.

"Last year was a very bad flu season for us, and it seemed to accelerate over the holidays", Bergen said.

Patients in the central San Joaquin Valley have tested positive for influenza A and B. Influenza A is the more common strain, but the Valley is seeing more of influenza B than in other regions of the country, Bergen said.

People under doctors care for chronic medical conditions and children aged under three should get a prescription for flu immunisation from their private physician.

Myth: You can get sick from the flu shot.
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As with many medications, there can be several side effects from getting a flu shot.

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