Despite the numerous campaigns promoting the flu vaccine to Australian health workers, uptake has been documented to range from only 16-60%.
The most effective way to improve flu vaccination rates among health workers in high-risk clinical areas and aged care facilities is to make it mandatory.
The flu shot is free for at-risk groups, and available to others for around $10-$25.
While not perfect, the seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza. There are a few changes to the flu vaccine and what is available this year. Here's what you need to know.
Giving pregnant mothers the flu vaccine protected their babies from getting the flu in the first six months of life.
Young children catch and spread the flu more than any other age group.
The flu vaccine isn't perfect but it's the best way to protect against these potentially harmful viruses. Most children aged six months to five years are eligible for a free vaccine in 2018.
People and animals live side by side – and can have pathogens in common.
No one then knew a virus caused the 1918 flu pandemic, much less that animals can be a reservoir for human illnesses. Now virus ecology research and surveillance are key for public health efforts.
An injectable flu vaccination. Flu vaccines lessen the likelihood of getting the flu and its severity.
The 1918 flu pandemic has long puzzled those who study disease outbreaks. Why was it so severe? While that question is hard to answer, one thing is certain: Vaccines would have lessened the toll.
It can be difficult to find records from epidemics long past.
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One hundred years after a strange and devastating pandemic, researchers comb for clues in dusty libraries, church records and long- forgotten books.
More women than men were left standing after the war and pandemic.
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With many men 'missing' from the population in the aftermath of the 1918 flu, women stepped into public roles that hadn't previously been open to them.
Face masks are a common sight in Asia. Why?
Whether or not masks can protect against invading or escaping bugs depends on the type of mask and material.
Older people’s immune systems don’t respond to flu vaccines as well as younger people’s.
Two free flu vaccines will improve protection for the over-65s. FluZone High Dose is a high-dose version; Fluad adds an additional ingredient to boost effectiveness. But neither is perfect.
Could the yearly flu shot become a thing of the past?
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Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But rational design – a new way to create vaccines – might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
Once a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a hospital and practice infection prevention and control.
From face-touching to virus-contaminated electronic devices, a scientist offers some tips on eradicating the flu virus from your home.
A flu patient at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio on Jan. 8, 2018.
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Anyone who's had the flu can attest that it makes them feel horrible. But why? What is going on inside the body that brings such pain and malaise? An immunologist explains.
A CDC scientist measures the amount of H7N9 avian flu virus grown in a lab.
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Science has come a long way in the 100 years since the worst flu pandemic in history. But that doesn't mean that the country is ready for another health disaster.
Donnie Cardenas, on bed, waits with his roommate Torrey Jewett at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. Cardenas had the flu.
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The flu is not only making millions of people sick this year. It's causing fear and, along with it, a lot of confusion. Should you get a flu shot? Should you see the doctor? An expert advises.
The sun casts a shadow over the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 19.
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No one will be turned away at the emergency room because of the shutdown. But it will take the government longer to respond to public health crises.
Approximately 80 percent of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans are produced overseas.
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, some US hospitals are experiencing a saline shortage. In times of emergency, medical supply chains break down too easily.
Why so-called 'Aussie flu' probably isn't from Australia and other things you need to know about the latest influenza outbreak.
The flu vaccine doesn’t cover all strains of the flu that exist.
There are many flu strains, and those strains can also change and mutate.
Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918.
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Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.