Every year, the flu virus evolves and changes, making it hard to predict what each flu season will have in store. Because the flu virus does change so rapidly, it is important to get annual flu shots to stay protected through every flu season. This article will take a look at some of the specific concerns for flu season in 2014-15 so that you are able to better protect yourself and your family from this common virus.
Younger People Facing Complications
Typically flu complications are most often seen in infants and elderly individuals, because these populations have the highest vulnerability to illnesses. However, with H1N1 reemerging , complications are more likely in the 18-64 age group. When H1N1 had an outbreak in 2009, this group saw more hospitalization and fatalities than normal, but this year’s vaccine does protect against this flu strain, making the chances of complications lower for young people who have had the flu shot.
Higher-Dose Vaccine Options
Elderly individuals can find a higher level of protection with the high-dose flu vaccine available through most physicians and pharmacies. This version of the flu shot is only available for individuals over 65, who are most at risk for flu-related deaths. The nasal spray flu vaccine has also become more widely used, and is recommended over the intramuscular shot or intradermal shot for individuals from ages 2-8.
Flu Symptom Concerns
This year, people are concerned about the spread of Ebola, which presents symptoms very similar to the flu. It is important to remember that Ebola is only spread through direct contact with an infected individual, and cases in the United States have been incredibly isolated. Flu symptoms are most likely attributable to the influenza virus and should not cause panic for most individuals.
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