Record-Breaking Flu Epidemic Caused 80000 Deaths Last Season

After about 80,000 flu deaths in the USA last season Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged Americans to get vaccinated this year

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

"Evidence from a number of pilot schemes in primary schools across England in 2014 to 2015 showed a 94% reduction in GP influenza like illness consultation rates, 74% reduction in A&E respiratory attendances and 93% reduction in hospital admissions due to confirmed influenza in primary school children".

"Vaccination makes it less likely you will spread the virus to others", says William Schaffner, MD, the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The CDC says last flu season was the deadliest in at least four decades.

They also made a point to mention there are already confirmed cases of the flu in the Triad.

The Jefferson County Health Unit held its annual mass flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Thursday to provide Jefferson County residents with free flu vaccinations.

The flu vaccine is more effective some years than others, because scientists developing each year's vaccine have to guess which strains will take off. Good Shepherd administers the vaccine to emergency room patients during flu season.

At 94.8%, vaccination coverage was highest in health workers who were required to get the flu shot and lowest (47.6%) in settings where the vaccine wasn't required, promoted, or offered. However, according to the CDC, the flu shot may cause mild side-effects that could be mistaken for flu symptoms. For example, infants do not qualify for a flu shot until they turn 6 months of age.

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With the new vaccine now available, USA government officials led by example by getting their own flu shot in front of assembled media Thursday in Washington, D.C. 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.

Medicago Inc., a biotechnology company, owns the first plant-based seasonal flu vaccine to reach late-stage clinical trials.

How Does Last Year's Flu Season Compare to Previous Years? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu vaccine before the end of October for the best possible protection. She also said it commonly takes two weeks for the vaccine to build up the protection in people's immune system.

Getting the vaccine can protect you from the infection.

The Meigs County Health Department wants you to stay well this flu season. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine.

You may ask who should get vaccinated, and the answer is EVERYONE who is of age to get the vaccine, as long as it is not contraindicated for you as stated by your physician/medical provider. According to the CDC, about 70 percent of estimated hospitalizations and 90 percent of deaths occurred in that age group.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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