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Health Officials Expect Early Start To Flu Season

Health Officials Expect Early Start To Flu Season”

This year's flu shot contains strains from Influenza A, B and a variety of H1N1 viruses.

In Malaysia, flu is generally seen all year-round, with influenza A usually detected more frequently than influenza B, although year-to-year variations may be considerable.

"Even if they are not hospitalised, an influenza-infected person can subsequently develop serious complications such as a heart attack or stroke". This leaves the body without protection against circulating strains of H3N2.

The vaccine should be given to individuals and children who are at six months of age.

"Any influenza viruses produced in eggs have to adapt to growing in that environment and hence generate mutations to grow better", explained study senior author Ian Wilson, D.Phil., Hansen Professor of Structural Biology at TSRI.

It is an infection of the nose and throat with such symptoms as fever, headache, runny nose, cough and fatigue. Illness typically lasts two to seven days, and often puts healthy people in bed for days. The flu virus can be much more detrimental for older adults, young children, and people who have certain chronic diseases making recovery more hard. Doctors and nurses are reminding you to get your flu shot early to limit your chances of getting the virus. It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine-not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu.

Absenteeism is also a common and cumbersome result of the disruption caused by the flu.

GLAXOSMITHKLINE Pharmaceutical Sdn Bhd has introduced Fluarix Tetra, an inactivated quadrivalent vaccine aimed to help curb the burden of flu and protect families across Malaysia.

Dr. George Morris is the Medical Director for CentraCare Health. "If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others". The mutation changes how the protein binds to cells the virus infects.

"That can't happen because the flu is actually made up of inactive viruses that can't replicate in your body so if you actually got the flu after you got the flu shot".

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