The CDC says it took the lives of 80,000 Americans.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds 80,000 people died from flu complications in 2018, and 900,000 were hospitalized. It 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.
Quadrivalent vaccine These flu vaccines protect against four strains of influenza-two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. Including a second strain of influenza B provides broader protection.
Federal health officials have a message for long-term care employers and employees: Don't underestimate the importance of influenza vaccination.
The peak season is considered December through even March, and officials recommend getting a flu shot. When people who are already frail or "on the edge" get flu, they may never return to their pre-flu functional level.
"We make sure we have enough vaccines to get us through the end of the season", she said.
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There are other preventative measures everyone should practice to prevent the flu and other illnesses.
"What is it that old and frail people often fear the most?". The numbers vary each year depending on how bad the flu season is.
The number of people vaccinated dropped past year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent - far below the goal of 80 percent. You may be the only protection some age groups have to help them from getting the flu. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial. "With more than half of Tennesseans getting vaccinated past year, I am grateful most of us now understand these simple truths", said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. Another statistic of concern is that Nevadans have the worst influenza immunization rates in the country with only 33% of residents taking advantage of flu shots. They're readily available at most pharmacies and most are free.
Two versions of the standard vaccine are available this year.
The influenza vaccine lessens the severity of flu and reduces the risk of complications.
Dr Julie Yates, head of screening and immunisation at PHE South West said: "We know the flu vaccine is very effective in children".
If, unfortunately, you do find yourself developing flu symptoms, try not to panic.