The rate among pregnant women also fell from last season, with just less than half getting a flu shot compared to 53% during the 2016-2017 season. Even if you contract influenza after receiving the vaccine, you are more likely to have a less severe illness, and less likely to suffer from complications of pneumonia following the flu. Inflammation can affect blood vessels to the heart and the brain and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in the two to four weeks following recovery from the disease, he said. "We hope [these clinics] will reduce barriers for folks to come out and get their flu vaccine this fall". The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.
Young children and senior citizens were hit the hardest by the flu. In recent years, the annual flu death toll has ranged from 12,000 to 56,000 deaths, the CDC said.
Stevenson said the flu vaccine is an important piece in protecting a community's vulnerable population, such as the elderly or babies. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
In Pendleton, St. Anthony Hospital is offering a free flu shot clinic for anyone over 18 (no insurance necessary) on October 16-17 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate in Pendleton. For example, infants do not qualify for a flu shot until they turn 6 months of age. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial.
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Find additional information on flu vaccine on CDC's website. "I will predict there will be a flu season".
According to CDC estimates from the National Immunization Survey (NIS), approximately 62 percent of Minnesota children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received vaccinations during the 2017-18 influenza season, up slightly from estimates of 60 percent for the previous two years. Last year, 63 percent of school aged children had the vaccine in the South West, but we can do better.
For the 2018-2019 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine as soon as it is available.
It's the most detailed picture of the devastating reach of the respiratory virus, which sickened millions of people as overwhelmed hospitals pitched tents to treat patients. His office wants to help residents beat the flu by participating in its "Drive-thru Flu Clinic" being held on November 1st from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Calaveras County Government Center located at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.
Schaffner emphasized that the effects of the flu aren't over once the disease ends. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. Rarely, people who receive the flu shot experience muscle pain, a slight fever, and feelings of weakness or discomfort. "It can be bad if you haven't been vaccinated".
H3N2 is also the most common strain of the flu, being responsible for an estimated 80 percent of flu cases.