"You can get the flu from the flu shot because it uses the virus". 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. "So the vaccine will offer protection only for a year", Dr. Williams-Rodriguez explained. It's important to protect your children from flu and the vaccination is the best protection against the virus. However, anytime during the flu season would be ok. These vaccines are very safe.
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. China Securities Journal cited data from the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control saying that in the first three quarters of this year, health authorities approved a total of 7.35 million doses of flu vaccine, half as many as over the same period last year.
"It's a dead virus", said Stiles, "it does not cause the flu".
"The main difference between a cold and the flu is persons with flu will get a fever and body aches, generalised body aches".
Cayman's Public Health Department was encouraging everyone on Monday (5 November), from visitors to residents, to get vaccinated against flu.
If you miss today's flu clinic at the community centre, you can visit Shopper's Drugmart, London Drugs, the pharmacy at Save-on-Foods, as well as the Superstore pharmacy to get a flu vaccine.
Within the population, a vaccine's effectiveness varies widely because it is affected by the general health and age of the recipient.
Aoki is in favour of people with both strong and poor immune systems in taking the vaccine, and says it's "the best tool we have".
Staying home if you or your child are sick. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, after reviewing 31 vaccine response studies comparing groups of different ages, called for more potent formulations for the elderly.
An increase in research funding on adjuvants, more effective dosing regimens (especially for seniors), and better production methods are achievable changes that would better prepare us to face flu outbreaks. The development of a universal vaccine is more challenging but it promises much greater results, and deserves more support.
The flu jab is one of the 15 healthcare essentials that everyone with diabetes is entitled to through the NHS every year.