San Diego County reports first flue death of the season

Diabetes UK urges patients to get vital flu jab this winter

"I also urge all patient-facing workers in health and social care to ensure they get a flu vaccination to reduce the risk to themselves and their patients this winter".

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show how much of an outlier it was: Previously, seasonal outbreaks since 2010, had killed between 12,000 and 56,000 and caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations. There are other newer methods, like the cell-based flu vaccines, which was only approved since 2012, and the recombinant flu vaccines were approved in 2013. "The CDC recommends all individuals over the age of six months get a yearly flu vaccine and that is the best protection against the virus". However, anytime during the flu season would be ok.

The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent.

One reason for this year's vaccine shortage is likely the severity of the last flu season, which in China lasts roughly from December through March. Two children also died of flu past year.

"It's a dead virus", said Stiles, "it does not cause the flu".

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies. "He had no side effects and I felt better knowing that he was protected especially when I heard stories of people I know getting the flu, feeling really unwell and ending up in hospital over the Christmas period".

People in South Tyneside who are entitled to a free flu vaccine are being encouraged to take up the offer without delay.

There is more of a need to get immunized in Goodhue County. Adults with weakened immune systems or young kids can spread the infection to others for even longer times.

Becoming ill with a serious infection such as flu causes blood sugar levels to rise so high that they become unsafe, which is why people with diabetes, in particular, are at serious risk. According to data from China's National Health Commission, in February there were 139,738 flu cases, 50 of which proved fatal.

The flu jab is one of the 15 healthcare essentials that everyone with diabetes is entitled to through the NHS every year.

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