Get your flu vaccine to prevent influenza widespread and protect infants who are too young to receive the vaccine. The first infant death due to the flu was reported in California. Just days after the first flu victim was confirmed in Santa Clara County, the death of a Stanislau County infant has also been confirmed.
The California Department of Public Health announced the second death with regret, urging every resident of the state to get vaccinated against the flu. Doctor Karen Smith, director of the state’s Department of Public Health stated that is much more saddening when an infant who is too young to receive the vaccine passes away due to low rates of vaccination.
“To protect babies who cannot yet be vaccinated, we should get our flu shots. Preventing the spread of this often deadly diseases is why getting vaccinated is so important.”,
Doctor Smith stated.
Get your flu vaccine to prevent influenza widespread. Containing this rapidly spreading virus is a collective effort. Children who are not yet 1 year old are a high risk category. While the first flu vaccine may be administered when infants reach six months, doctors recommend that pregnant women receive the vaccine as well. Doing so protects both the mother and the infant to be born.
People spending time with children should also get their flu vaccine as soon as possible. California is somewhat at bay from an influenza epidemic. However, in the timespan between December and April, the influenza strains manifest at their peak.
In order to prevent more severe cases and potential deaths, California residents are urged to vaccinate themselves against the flu. Yearly, millions of flu cases are registered. Many require prolonged hospitalization and thousands of flu-related deaths are announced across the U.S.
Based on last year’s expertise and findings, the influenza A and influenza B strains have been included in the vaccine. H3N2 and Yamagata lineage respectively were predominant in last year’s cases. As such, the 2015-2016 influenza season in California should now see less cases provided residents above six months old are vaccinated.
Last year, 78 flu-related deaths were reported in California for residents under the age of 65.
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