CDC: Flu killed 80,000 last winter

CDC: Flu killed 80,000 last winter

CDC: Flu killed 80,000 last winter

"The strongest predictor of whether or not a person gets vaccination is whether or not they get a strong provider recommendation", Adams said.

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference.

The flu season previous year was one of the deadliest in at least four decades. Americans made about 900,000 hospital visits.

During the 2017-2018 season, the number of flu cases nationally began to rise in November, peaked in January and February, and remained at high levels throughout the month of March. 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.

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"My wife's grandmother was going along OK", Adams said.

The MMWR report on flu vaccination also covered the pertussis vaccine-also recommended during pregnancy-and the findings indicate that coverage of the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine was slightly higher, at 54.4%.

About 80 percent of the 180 children who died a year ago from flu-related complications had not been vaccinated against the illness.

Flu shots will also be available for children aged six months to 18 years. She gets the vaccine every year, and expects her friends to largely do the same.

When considering if you should get a flu shot, Roberts notes there are groups of people who are more susceptible to contracting the virus.

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By vaccinating children we not only help protect children from a nasty illness, it will so reduce their ability to be spread it to their families and other vulnerable people.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the worst pandemic in human history, the Spanish flu that killed 50 million to 100 million people during the winter of 1918-1919. The season in the Southern Hemisphere has been relatively mild, a possible indicator for what to expect in the United States. If you have Medicare or private insurance, please plan to pay the $35 fee and the department will provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Two versions of the standard vaccine are available this year. Good Shepherd administers the vaccine to emergency room patients during flu season.

The vaccine is free and is given as a nasal spray rather than an injection. Studies and data provided by the vaccine maker convinced federal officials that it should again be an option for consumers. Because flu seasons vary in length and severity, the estimates have ranged from a low of 12,000 deaths (during 2011-2012) to a previous high of 56,000 (during 2012-2013).

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