Flu death toll continues to rise in Spokane

Flu vaccine may protect against heart attacks

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AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) (AZN.N) said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in the upcoming flu season, reversing its earlier position.

Director of the DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams says although the vaccine's overall effectiveness is less than those of past years for adults, people who received the vaccine, and also contracted the flu, had less severe symptoms, required less hospitalization, and recovered faster.

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People in high risk groups listed above and those who live with or care for high risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu. "Not just to prevent the flu but as a means of preventing a heart problem".

In a 12-2 vote, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said today that providers should be able to offer FluMist Quadrivalent (MedImmune) during the 2018-2019 influenza season, reversing its last two recommendations.

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DSHS reported that the flu activity has increased in the Amarillo Health Service Region (Health Service Region 1).

Last month, Schwartz and his colleagues in Canada published a study showing that heart attack risk was six times greater within a week of testing positive for the flu. The median age of those in the study was 77.

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Health Department spokesman John Ricci says it is not too late to get vaccinated if you haven't received the flu vaccine yet. The vaccine efficacy estimates for Influenza A (H3N2) are 25 percent; for Influenza A (H1N1) are 67 percent; and for Influenza B the rates are 42 percent. This helps protect your baby from flu and whooping cough after he's born and before he is older enough to get the vaccines himself.

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