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More Oklahomans Hospitalized with Flu. Australian Strain Not a Problem Here, Yet

Kathryn Pool shares why every senior should get an annual flu vaccination Kathryn Pool shares why every senior should get an annual flu vaccination
Marlene Weaver | 08 December, 2017, 01:26

The Chickasaw Nation and Pontotoc County Health Department are offering flu vaccinations to the public at no cost from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 700 N. Mississippi.

Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications.

No other details have been released.

This week is influenza awareness week and with three months of flu season left the goal is to stop those numbers from going up.

Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine. Health officials stress that an annual flu shot can still help lessen the severity of illness, and for people at high risk of complications from flu, it can be a life saver.

There are also concerns that this year's flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness.

Though the accuracy and effectiveness of each year's vaccine varies, this year's seems on track to provide good protection against the Influenza A strains now predominating, health officials say. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty.

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"It makes me a little sad that people across the country - especially pregnant women - may not be getting the recommended and appropriate health care", Altmann said.

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.

"What we do know is that the more people who get the vaccine, the fewer people get sick, the milder the flu season is for everyone", said Dr. John Marshall of Maimonides Medical Center.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them. "Many are hospitalized and some die".

"So given that, particularly for the H3N2 component, the vaccine effectiveness we're anticipating will be low", predicted Skowronski. And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent.

It's too early to tell if H3N2 will continue to be the predominant strain or whether H1N1 will surpass it, Brammer said.

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