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Time To Get Your Flu Shot

Time To Get Your Flu Shot

The CDC estimates that somewhere between 9.2 million and 35.6 million people get the flu each year.

Five Minnesota children died from influenza or related complications last winter and more than 6400 people of all ages were hospitalized. 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. That's the highest flu-related death toll in the US four decades, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb rolled up their sleeves to get flu shots in Washington Thursday, doing their part to make sure the upcoming flu season isn't as bad as the last one. Adams got his own at the event, telling the audience, "I did not feel a thing". "I know people get squeamish about needles". AstraZeneca, the drug maker, announced Tuesday it began its first shipments of the mist.

Officials stress that children need to be vaccinated as well as adults. "As a effect, the accumulating research now shows that there's an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke during the two to four weeks after recovery from acute influenza", said Dr. Schaffner. His office wants to help residents beat the flu by participating in its "Drive-thru Flu Clinic" being held on November 1st from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Calaveras County Government Center located at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

The previous flu season was especially deadly to children.

"The damage continues even after one recover from the acute respiratory illness", Dr. Schaffner said. "It can affect blood vessels in the brain".

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But she pointed out another factor in most juvenile deaths.

Flu vaccination is not a flawless tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection.

Still, even the relatively weak flu shot probably saved many lives, CDC experts say, so everyone should avail themselves of the shot again this season. "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". "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow". The rate for children 6 months through 4 years (75 percent) is significantly higher than the rate for children 5 through 12 years (65 percent).

In addition to the vaccine, there are other measures you can take to avoid contracting or spreading the flu. When you are sick, keep your distance from others too, and stay home from work, school, and errands.

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

Dr Julie Yates, Head of Screening and Immunisation at PHE South West said: "We know that the flu vaccine is very effective in children". Pediatric deaths totaled 180, he said.

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As in past years, coverage in health professionals varied, from a high of 91.9% in hospital settings to a low of 67.4% among those working in long-term care facilities.

The CDC reported 180 children died from the flu, two of which were in MI. About 80 percent of the children killed hadn't received a shot.

The death toll during the 2017-2018 flu season, which occurs during fall and winter months, has reached an estimated 80,000 Americans. Among pregnant women the rate it was 49 percent.

For one, the same officials say that this year's vaccine looks to be working well.

Webb-Collins recommends paying the health unit a visit to discuss flu concerns with nurses who are available on a walk-in basis for anyone who may be skeptical.

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