Flu Shots

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The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.

The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

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The CDC reports that Georgia has had one of the highest flu rates in the country during this winter. Georgia has seen more than 400 flu-related hospitalizations since the start of flu season in September, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss flu trends in the state and how to prevent illness until peak flu season ends in February.

 


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The Georgia Department of Public Health says flu is still widespread across Georgia. Their latest report shows 671 people have been hospitalized and 25 people have died from influenza, and the number of people being treated for the flu at home is six times above average.

Coastal District public health director, Dr. Lawton Davis says that’s why they’re offering free flu shots next Friday.

Break It Down: Flu Shots

Dec 13, 2017
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Getting the flu is, at best, unpleasant. It can kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Georgia is one of seven states reporting widespread flu activity this year. In metro Atlanta, 47 people have been hospitalized for  influenza-associated conditions. That’s about double the number hospitalized at this time last year. The CDC recommends nearly everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are, how they work, and if they are safe.

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Break It Down: Flu Shots

Dec 19, 2016
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A new study from UGA suggests about half of Americans won't get flu shots this year. The CDC recommends just about everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are and how they work.

So, we explain flu shots in our series, Break It Down. Then, we're joined by Professor Robert A. Bednarczyk from the Hubert Department of Global Health and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, with more details.