What's the Latest with the Flu
October 31, 2014
Category: Infectious Diseases
Special Alerts; What's Up with the Flu—October 30, 2014
Flu activity remains low at this time in the United States, however, one pediatric death has already been reported. This first reported death serves as a reminder of how important our preparation strategies are for this influenza season. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting ourselves against influenza.
Everyone needs an influenza vaccine each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies for protection against influenza. Anyone who plans to visit or travel during this holiday season should get vaccinated now. Some physician practices have reported delays in receiving shipment of vaccine. Our supply should last into December.
Of note, flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Pediatricians play a crucial role in promoting vaccination to help keep women and their newborns healthy. Influenza vaccination is recommended in any trimester for all women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the influenza season.
The best treatment for the flu is prevention of flu in the first place.