The figures show that about 62 percent of children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years last season, better than the national rate of 57.9 percent. Even if you contract influenza after receiving the vaccine, you are more likely to have a less severe illness, and less likely to suffer from complications of pneumonia following the flu. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000.
Vaccination decreases the risk of flu-related death.
It's nearly becoming a game of "whack a mole" when it comes to flu season. "We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot". It led to 900,000 confirmed hospitalizations.
The vaccine is expected to be more accurate this season, and influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere has been unremarkable so far - a good sign for the USA and Canada. That's the highest death toll in at least four decades.
This year, we are not only offering this protection, but we are also again practicing for a much bigger potential emergency situation by hosting our Second Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic on October 6 from 9 a.m.to noon at the Meigs County Fairgrounds. It's your "social responsibility to get vaccinated", he said, since it protects others around you, including family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
"Statistically speaking, (the vaccine) is very helpful to prevent the flu", Bejarano said.
"When people who are already frail or on the edge, flu can knock down that first domino of progressive decline, progressive disability", Schaffner said. When flu strikes during pregnancy, there's a greater likelihood of hospitalization for the mother-to-be, she said. "It also depends on the actual strain there is", Priest said.
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Doctors admit the flu vaccine is not flawless, but they say even if you do get sick the shot can help prevent the complications that end up killing people.
"Some people say, 'I still got the flu.' True".
The vaccine for pertussis is combined with vaccines for tetanus and diphtheria in a combination vaccine called Tdap, and it's recommended that expecting mothers receive it once between the 27th and 36th week of pregnancy (during every pregnancy) even if they've gotten it in the past. "So you should try and get your flu shot as early as possible because it will take those two weeks to begin protecting you".
Surprisingly, only about half of the women (49 percent) received a flu vaccine before or during their pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before the vaccine if you are pregnant or have any health concerns.
"Kids have a lot of snot", said Dr. Wendy Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital during a news conference. However, it is reassuring to see that having vaccines available, and pointing patients to where they can find them, seems to improve vaccination rates.
Looking ahead to the coming winter months, Australia's flu season, which precedes that in the Northern Hemisphere nations, is often an indicator of what's to come in the US, Canada and across Europe.
"If more children are vaccinated, we know this will help us all and could significantly reduce the number of people getting flu in the wider community".
Follow daily preventive actions such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if sick.