Health officials to long-term care workers: Get vaccinated against flu

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

Aside from getting a vaccination, health officials say there's another way to fend off the flu. "They have to be willing to get the vaccine, and get the vaccine not only to protect themselves, but also to protect the people around them".

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference.

More than 6,400 Minnesotans were hospitalized for influenza during last year's flu season.

The flu death toll in the United States of America past year was the highest in four decades, according to the CDC. Americans made about 900,000 hospital visits. 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. The vaccine changes a little bit every year to adapt to changes in the virus.

Clark said more effective vaccines could increase vaccination rates. Children age 6 months through 4 years had a decline in vaccination coverage of 2.2 percentage points. She gets the vaccine every year, and expects her friends to largely do the same. The proportion of US children (aged six months to 17 years) who received vaccinations varied widely by state, from 42 percent in Wyoming to 76 percent in Rhode Island, and the national average was 58 percent.

"The overwhelming majority of those children are not vaccinated".

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The summary of the 2017-2018 flu season was published on the website of the CDC. The numbers vary each year depending on how bad the flu season is.

The flu vaccine is available from your family doctor or at special clinics in pharmacies or other stores throughout the area. Most health plans fully pay for the flu shot. Estimates from the past two years were just over 60 percent. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you.

Live-attenuated influenza vaccine that is given via nasal spray. Studies and data provided by the vaccine maker convinced federal officials that it should again be an option for consumers.

These more robust vaccines are more likely to produce side effects, including pain, redness or swelling, headache, muscle ache and malaise, according to the CDC.

"I would get the vaccine now and you don't have to worry about whether it's a mild or a severe season", said William Schaffner, NFID medical director. 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).

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