Wednesday, September 23, 2015








Women who will be pregnant during flu season; adults fifty and older; children with pulmonary (lung) disease, such as asthma; those with heart, kidney, and liver disease; and adults and children with weakened immune systems (i.e., HIV infection) should be immunized.

People who live in nursing homes or care facilities, those who live with someone at high risk of flu complications, caregivers, children under six months of age, and health care workers should all get the vaccine.
FluMist spray is recommended for healthy children two through eight years of age.
Those who shouldn't get the spray vaccine include children less than two years of age; adults; children or adults who have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease; and Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a condition that includes a weakened immune system.
Anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to eggs or complications from prior a previous flu vaccination, pregnant women, and those who have a weakened immune system due to a stem cell transplant should not get the vaccine. The vaccine is safe for those who have a suppressed immune system, such as those with diabetes or HIV.
FluMist, the nasal spray, is easy to administer. Children and adults might prefer it to the injection. Children ages two to eight have better immunity with FluMist than the injection.
The highest priority for flu vaccine includes children between six months and eighteen years old, children on long-term aspirin therapy, women who will be pregnant during flu season, adults fifty and older, and children with diseases of the lungs, such as asthma.
The injectable vaccine can cause muscle aches and fever for one to two days. Possible side effects of the inhaled vaccine include runny nose, headache, and sore throat. It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect. Lowering flu risk includes washing hands with soap and water, using alcohol based sanitizer on the hands, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible, and avoiding crowds when the flu is prevalent.


The American military experience in World War I and the influenza pandemic in 1918 were closely intertwined. The war fostered influenza in the crowded conditions on the Western Front The flu virus
traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic. At the height of American military involvement in WW2, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened twenty to forty percent of Navy and Army personnel and rendered hundreds of thousands of military personnel non-effective.

During the American Expeditionary Forces' campaign at Meuse-Argonne, the flu epidemic diverted urgently needed resources from combat support to transporting and caring for the sick and the dead. Influenza and pneumonia killed more American soldiers and sailors during the war than did enemy weapons.

Autumn is coming. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends everyone six months and older be immunized against the flu, unless there is a medical reason not to. Those who are two to forty nine years of age need the annual flu vaccine.

Flu season begins early October and lasts through May. Those who receive the vaccine have protection two weeks after receiving it. The vaccine can be given by either injection or inhalation.

 Most people have no side significant effects. Low grade fever and soreness at the injection site could occur. The inhaled nasal spray might cause runny nose, headache, fatigue, and mild fever. These symptoms resolve in a few days. The vaccine is sixty to seventy percent effective in preventing the flu.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the nasal spray instead of the injection for children between two and eight. The spray might cause mild runny nose, headache, cough, and sore throat. These symptoms are temporary and are milder than the flu. Those who choose the inhaled vaccine, FluMist, could have similar symptoms which are not caused by the flu.  Those who receive the injection don't need the inhaled spray.
Children and adults might prefer the inhaled spray instead of the injection. Kids two to eight years of age have a better response with the spray.  

High priority for receiving the vaccine include children and young adults between six months and eighteen years, and children on long-term aspirin for Reye’s Syndrome, a rare condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain after getting the flu.
 Women who will be pregnant during flu season; adults fifty and older; children with pulmonary (lung) disease, such as asthma; those with heart, kidney, and liver disease; and adults and children with weakened immune systems (i.e., HIV infection) should all be immunized.
 People who live in nursing homes or care facilities, those who live with someone at high risk of flu complications, caregivers, children under six months of age, and health care workers should get the vaccine.
FluMist spray is recommended for healthy children two through eight years of age.
Those who shouldn't get the spray vaccine include children less than two years of age, adults, children or adults who have heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, and Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a condition of weakened immunity.  
Anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to eggs or complications from prior a previous flu vaccination, pregnant women, and those who have a weakened immune system due to a stem cell transplant should not get the vaccine. The vaccine is safe for those who have a suppressed immune system, such as those with diabetes or HIV.
FluMist, the nasal spray, is easy to administer. Children and adults might prefer it to the injection. Children ages two to eight have better immunity with FluMist than the injection.
The highest priority for flu vaccine includes children between six months and eighteen years old, children on long-term aspirin therapy, women who will be pregnant during flu season, adults fifty and older, and children with diseases of the lungs, such as asthma.
The injectable vaccine can cause muscle aches and fever for one to two days. Possible side effects of the inhaled vaccine include runny nose, headache, and sore throat. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. Lowering flu risk includes washing hands with soap and water, using alcohol based sanitizer on the hands, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible, and avoiding crowds when the flu is prevalent.

The American military experience in World War I and the influenza pandemic in 1918 were closely intertwined. The war fostered influenza in the crowded conditions on the Western Front The flu virus
traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic. At the height of American military involvement in WW2, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened twenty to forty percent of Navy and Army personnel and rendered hundreds of thousands of military personnel non-effective.

During the American Expeditionary Forces' campaign at Meuse-Argonne, the flu epidemic diverted urgently needed resources from combat support to transporting and caring for the sick and the dead. Influenza and pneumonia killed more American soldiers and sailors during the war than did enemy weapons.