Time To Get Your Flu Shot

What Can Be Done to Prevent Another Rise in Flu Deaths This Year

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people 6 months of age and older get immunized against flu. A 2017 CDC study demonstrated that the influenza vaccine "reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children". In Greene County, 4,681 cases of lab-confirmed flu were recorded.

The experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday urged people to get vaccinated by the end of October. Dr. Frankovich does note however that with flu season often extending well into the spring, it is nearly never too late to get vaccinated.

Vaccine makers determine the composition of the vaccine each year. AstraZeneca, the drug maker, announced Tuesday it began its first shipments of the mist. "We don't know what's going to happen", Dr. Jernigan said, "but we're seeing more encouraging signs than we were early a year ago".

Flu vaccination has become even more critical as the understanding of post-flu illness has increased over the past 10 years, said William Schaffner, M.D., medical director at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The Meigs County Health Department wants you to stay well this flu season.

It's not easy to compare flu seasons through history, partly because the nation's population is changing.

That tally is almost twice as many deaths as what health officials previously considered a "bad" year. "This lingering inflammation can involve blood vessels, particularly the blood vessels to the heart and the brain".

But she pointed out another factor in most juvenile deaths.

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"My wife's grandmother was going along OK", Adams said. Talk to your doctor before the vaccine if you are pregnant or have any health concerns. "Those 80,000 people who died previous year from the flu, guess what?" For the H1N1 strain, the effectiveness was 67 percent. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow". That was exacerbated by the fact that last year's vaccine was not very effective, they said. That number is likely on the low side of actual deaths due to pneumonia patients who were not tested for the flu, Haupt said.

"I'm just trying to figure out how to build trust", she said. It is healthy kids out there dying from the flu.

The months with the most flu activity in Springfield tend to be from January to March.

Of the deaths, 180 were children. And, while anyone can get the flu, older people, young children, and those with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

Swanson noted children are especially receptive to strong response from the vaccine.

Additionally, children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart. It is not recommended for pregnant women.

Pediatricians such as Wendy Sue Swanson, at Seattle Children's Hospital, say that even an imperfect vaccine offers a layer of protection. Despite this, the results show on six in ten actually plan on getting it. According to the CDC, about 70 percent of estimated hospitalizations and 90 percent of deaths occurred in that age group. The CDC has already released the list of approved flu vaccines this coming flu season, including nasal sprays.

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