As the flu season draws to a close, the nation’s top doctors are calling for the public to start getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Dr. Robert Cantu, chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, issued the call Wednesday as flu season nears its end.
Flu season begins in March, and as of June, there have been more than 100 confirmed flu cases nationwide.
That’s up from 90 in the first half of 2017.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a record 2,500 Americans died from the virus.
Many people aren’t feeling well enough to go to the doctor.
So many are opting to go home, and those that do are often reluctant to see a doctor.
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Richard Miller of the University of California, San Diego, and Dr. David J. O’Keefe of Columbia University and other researchers found that people who are reluctant to go see a physician were less likely to be prescribed the drug azathioprine, which is commonly prescribed to treat flu symptoms, and less likely in those who had previously received flu shots.
The authors also found that those who were reluctant to visit a doctor were less inclined to use antiviral medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
For the past six months, Miller and his colleagues have been monitoring data on influenza patients at two large hospitals.
At the Mayo Clinic, patients who are resistant to the flu shot are monitored.
At Emory University, patients are monitored at Emory Hospital.
The Mayo Clinic has seen an increase in the number of people returning to the hospital after getting a flu shot in the past few weeks, Miller said.
At his clinic, about 70% of flu shots were given in the last week.
But at Emry, that number has dropped to a low of about 40%.
“We have seen a lot of patients who have been in the hospital, they’re not returning, so we need to make sure we get them home,” Miller said in an interview with Fox News.
The Emory study showed that while the flu shots have been effective, they haven’t prevented many of the flu-related deaths.
That doesn’t mean they’re completely safe, Miller cautioned.
“You know, there are risks with these medicines, but there’s also some risks with the influenza vaccine, and we need both to be protected,” he said.
“We’re seeing more deaths and we’re seeing fewer cases.”
But there is some evidence that the flu vaccine is more effective than the antiviral drugs, such an increase is more likely when it comes to deaths, Miller told Fox News, but it’s still unclear if the flu vaccination is working.
Dr Mark A. Smith, an infectious disease physician at the University Hospital of South Australia, told Fox that it’s hard to know if the vaccine is having an effect on the deaths because there’s not enough data yet to prove that.
“What we can do is look at a range of things,” Smith said.
“We can look at what happens to the coronavirus, we can look a little bit at other things, and then we can try to see if there is an increase, but we can’t say yet whether that is the case or not.”
It’s also not clear what the impact would be if there’s an increase of influenza deaths, because that’s an area we don’t know very much about,” he added.
For now, Miller advises people to get the flu jab, especially if they’re at home or have no plans to go out, or if they’ve had a previous flu shot and don’t want to be more likely to get a new shot.
If you or someone you know is at risk for influenza, Miller recommends you get the vaccine and see a health care provider right away.”
Miller said that if you are a parent, it’s important that you get vaccinated too, because a child may be more susceptible to infection.”
I’d rather see them see a medical doctor, and that’s the last place to get it.”
Miller said that if you are a parent, it’s important that you get vaccinated too, because a child may be more susceptible to infection.