Flu Season 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Flu Season is quickly approaching. While it is not possible to predict what this flu season will have in store, medical experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) are advising adults and children to receive their flu shots before the end of October. Individuals should get vaccinated before flu begins to spread in the community, as it takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

Last year’s flu season was particularly deadly and was the first ever season to be classified by the CDC as high severity across all age groups. Over 100 children died, one of the highest recorded in world history. Those who face the greatest risk of contracting influenza are the elderly, pregnant women, the chronically ill, and young children.

The CDC recommends that children aged six (6) months through eight (8) years receiving the vaccine for the first time be given two (2) doses. Children nine (9) years and older only need to receive one (1) dose. Children who need two doses of the vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four week apart. Parents who are concerned because of egg allergies in their children should consult with their medical providers or doctors before their child receives the vaccination.

 

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccines

According to the CDC, this year’s influenza vaccines protect against the three or four viruses which are expected to be the most prevalent. The trivalent three-component vaccines are suggested to contain:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated)

*The Quadrivalent four-component vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are suggested to contain:

  • The three recommended viruses above, plus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus

 

How To Prepare

Always take precautionary actions to prevent getting sick such as washing hands, keeping surfaces clean, improving sleeping/rest schedules, and increasing fluid intake. However, in addition to the above, the flu vaccine is another option to protect people from contracting the virus.

If you or a loved one need a vaccine, you can use the Vaccine Locator Service from HealthMap to find a provider near you.

The influenza vaccine has proven to be a relatively safe avenue to prevent the virus. Each year, more and more individuals around the world depend on the vaccine to keep themselves healthy and safe. However, adverse reactions can and do occur, including but not limited to, shoulder injuries related to improper administration and severe autoimmune reactions.

 

Injuries From The Flu Shot

Injuries and adverse reactions caused by the flu shot range from minor to severe. Some individuals experience tenderness at the injection site, fever, fatigue, nausea and dehydration in the first few days following vaccination. More serious injuries include the following:

Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (“SIRVA”)

Allergic Reactions (“Anaphylaxis”)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (“GBS”)

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (“CIDP”)

Transverse Myelitis

Encephalopathy

Other Injuries

 

What To Do If You Experience a Vaccine Injury

If you or a loved one suffers from an injury or adverse reaction following a flu shot, you should immediately take the following action:

1. Call your doctor: some vaccine injuries can be life-threatening if left untreated;

2. Tell your doctor exactly what happened, the date and time of your vaccine, and where it was given;

3. Ask your doctor to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (“VAERS”) form or call VAERS at 1-800-822-7967;

4. Contact one of our Vaccine Injury Lawyers immediately to determine if you are entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

To learn more about your legal options visit our Flu Shot Page and call us today for a free case evaluation at (800) 229-7704.

 

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