Deadly Flu Season Spurs New Push for Vaccinations

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield said an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter.

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.

This season there are several different kinds of influenza vaccines being offered including a regular and high dose version for persons over 65, according to Kelaita.

Doctors admit the flu vaccine is not ideal, but they say even if you do get sick the shot can help prevent the complications that end up killing people.

The flu vaccine isn't always a flawless match for the circulating virus, but the protection the vaccine provides is better than none. "So it is never too late to get the flu shot". "Caregivers, family members should all get their vaccines to prevent bringing it home and sharing it".

Though the toll was highest among seniors, the dead included 180 children, "and a majority of them were unvaccinated", Adams says.

Fatal complications from the flu can include pneumonia, stroke and heart attack.

Flu can lead to permanent disability in older people. Of course, it's possible to contract the influenza virus any time of year, and it's still valuable to get the shot later in the season versus skipping it altogether, as the virus has been known to hang around until May.

Last fall and winter, the US went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory. "Whenever friends come by, I ask them are you vaccinated". There was a large geographic variability in vaccination coverage among children, ranging from a high of 76.2 percent in Rhode Island to a low of 43.2 percent in Wyoming.

A panel of medical experts gathered Thursday in Eau Claire to discuss the influenza season and stress the importance of getting vaccinated ahead of the winter months when the disease is strongest. One was that the vaccine was not quite as effective.

Tampa Bay area hospitals reported only a handful of flu cases, but Orlando has seen a big increase this week.

Many question, "Do I have the flu or do I simply have a cold?"

The CDC reported 180 children died from the flu, two of which were in MI.

The timing and severity of the flu season varies each year, depending on the strains that circulate.

Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine created to protect against three different flu viruses-two A viruses and one B virus.

What about if you're already feeling the flu coming on?

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