Survey reveals misconceptions among parents on flu shots

Survey reveals misconceptions among parents on flu shots

Eric Teitel got his flu shot at his local Walgreens pharmacy.

An innovative global study coordinated by Abt Associates has found that over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman's risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent.

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year.

It's that time of year again and health experts are already warning everyone about a nasty flu season ahead.

Last flu season was the deadliest in 40 years, with 900,000 hospitalized and 80,000 killed, according to the CDC.

"Any death, especially one in an unvaccinated child, is a somber reminder of the importance of flu vaccination and the potential seriousness of flu", CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told weather.com. Last season, more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu, the highest toll in over a decade, federal health officials recently said. Lomax says it's too early to tell if this flu season will be as bad as previous year. It is unknown whether the woman had underlying health conditions or whether she'd received a flu shot.

According to the team, parents are unaware that it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine for the body to build up antibodies to adequately protect against the flu, during which someone is still susceptible to contracting the virus. "What happened past year was one of the common A strains changed after the A strain was produced, so it was not as effective".

Previous year was the deadliest flu season in nearly 4 decades.

The flu season, which just began and stretches into winter, typically peaks during the coldest months. There is no way you can get the flu.

Sedgwick County reported its first cases of the flu on Monday but said an increase in cases usually starts in December. This is especially crucial because babies under the age of six months can not get flu shots. Lomax says the vaccine prevents catching the flu, but if a person does happen to get sick.

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