Flu season is back; experts recommend getting vaccinations now

Flu season is back; experts recommend getting vaccinations now

The season was driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly among young children and the elderly. 27 press conference, the CDC announced this past flu season was the deadliest in 40 years. "That's why it's so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year". They got the flu from someone. But Minnesota health officials say too many children still remain unvaccinated and vulnerable to serious illness and even death. However, its effectiveness depends on the public - last year, 35 percent of the state's population received a vaccine, he said.

At 94.8%, vaccination coverage was highest in health workers who were required to get the flu shot and lowest (47.6%) in settings where the vaccine wasn't required, promoted, or offered. Flu's impact on the body goes well beyond the acute respiratory infection, and a flu shot can prevent or reduce the severity of numerous complications. However, experts were quick to call out just how harsh this past flu season was, denoting it reached epidemic levels. "Whenever friends come by, I ask them are you vaccinated".

The Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says all children ages 6 months and older should receive flu vaccinations every year, by the end of October if possible. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu.

In addition to standard injected forms of the vaccine, the CDC earlier this year reinstated its recommendation for Flumist Quadrivalent.

Last winter was not the worst flu season on record, however.

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"The number of seasonal influenza-associated (i.e., seasonal flu-related) deaths varies from year to year because flu seasons often fluctuate in length and severity", said the CDC in a statement.

Statistics released from the Washoe County Health District 2017-18 Influenza Surveillance Report show that out of 5,521 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in Washoe County last flu season, 542 (10%) people were hospitalized (88 in ICU), and 26 people died. "Flu can knock down that first domino of progressive decline, progressive disability". "While protecting yourself, you're also protecting those around you". Neither type of vaccination can infect you with the flu.

H3N2 is also the most common strain of the flu, being responsible for an estimated 80 percent of flu cases.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse since health authorities began tracking child deaths from flu 14 years ago.

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