The time to get the flu shot is now, according to doctors

Lynette PayneOct 01, 2018

The flu killed an estimated 80,000 people a year ago according to the CDC.

An estimated 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations were linked to influenza during the 2017-2018 season, according to the CDC.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC. However, there were many different prevalent types of flu in circulation last winter, which contributed to the high flu death rates as well as the vaccination's weakness.

The tally was almost twice as much as what health officials previously considered a bad year, he said. Though the flu is common, this a year ago was a reminder just how important it is to get vaccinated and keep yourself healthy. "I know people get squeamish about needles".

Previous year 180 children died. If you're sick, stay home.

For more information: You can find more information about protecting yourself and your family from the flu at the websites for the MDH and the CDC. Other possible serious complications triggered by flu can include inflammation of the heart (myocarditis), brain (encephalitis) or muscle (myositis, rhabdomyolysis) tissues, and multi-organ failure (for example, respiratory and kidney failure).

Flu can lead to permanent disability in older people.

The vaccine strain alters year to year to ensure it protects against each season's unique disease, he said, and this year's version has two changes that should help reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of the flu. This number is thought to be underestimated, as not all flu-related deaths are reported. Almost 58 percent of children were vaccinated, well short of the federal goal of 80 percent. Vaccination coverage remained highest in this age group - children 6 months to four years was highest, at 67.8 percent, and lowest among children ages 13 to 17 years, at 47.4 percent.

Flu can cause immediate complications, including pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.

Dr Julie Yates, Head of Screening and Immunisation at PHE South West said: "We know that the flu vaccine is very effective in children". Experts advised against using FluMist during the past two flu seasons because the vaccine's component targeting the influenza A (H1N1) strain was conferring inadequate protection.

Ask your doctor about getting a flu vaccine.

Older adults and people with chronic illness could be more vulnerable to other health problems while recovering from the flu.

Seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. Neither type of vaccination can infect you with the flu.

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