CDC notes flu vaccine uptake down a bit in young kids

Human cells infected with the flu virus glow green under light from a fluorescence microscope at a laboratory in Seattle

Modal Trigger Human cells infected with the flu virus glow green under light from a fluorescence microscope at a laboratory in Seattle. AP

About 80,000 people died from the flu last winter. Pneumonia is a serious flu complication that can result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria. It cannot. It's a killed virus that just stimulates your immune system to make its own flu virus attack cells.

"We make sure we have enough vaccines to get us through the end of the season", she said.

On Friday, they held a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Radford at Fire Station 1. This includes older adult, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes.

"Some people say, 'I still got the flu.' True".

The CDC estimates that the overall efficacy of the seasonal flu vaccine for last season - not needing to seek medical care - was around 40 percent.

The 2017 vaccine has been widely criticized for not being a suitable match for combating the past strain of flu.

The Minnesota Department of Health is joining with pediatricians to try and get more children vaccinated for influenza. 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. Under the new methodology, the CDC went back and reclassified the flu seasons from 2003-2016. "Someone passed the flu along to them".

It seems like as soon as fall gets here, we're already on the lookout for flu-like symptoms. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu. "The last season was especially devastating, and we want to ensure that as many people as possible can receive the added protection that the flu vaccine provides".

Last winter was not the worst flu season on record, however.

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.

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. "Flu can lead to progressive decline and progressive disability", said Dr. Schaffner. "I'm afraid we've also learned that after acute flu, recovery may not be complete". There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine.

Vaccines are also available through primary care providers and are often covered 100 percent by insurance.

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