Thursday, 15 November, 2018

The Reason Last Year’s Flu Season Was Deadly? Not Enough Vaccinations

Share on Pinterest Last year’s flu season led to nearly a million people being hospitalized in the U.S. Getty Images Share on Pinterest Last year’s flu season led to nearly a million people being hospitalized in the U.S. Getty Images
Steve Townsend | 10 November, 2018, 05:11

Each year in the USA, the flu is estimated to cause between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths and up to 710,000 hospitalizations.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

Public health officials in East Sussex are urging people to get protected before winter kicks in. The influenza vaccine is safe and recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months.

"I was dead set against getting a flu shot".

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During the 2017-2018 flu season, DE recorded 9,041 flu cases, (including the above) the highest number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases since record keeping began in 2005, and 35 flu-related deaths. These people should get vaccinated because they are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications. Thousands more Oklahomans were hospitalized with the virus. Flu shots were available to students, staff and faculty at a cost of $15 and supplies are limited. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

The influenza vaccine does not guarantee protection against the flu but it does lower the chances in contracting it. People should take additional precautions to lower their risk, including those who received the vaccine.

The following news release was issued by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit regarding flu vaccines. Speak to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to determine which is best for you. "We are still at the beginning of flu season, so now is the time to get the vaccine", said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department Director.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: "Schools can make very good breeding grounds for illnesses like flu, because children don't tend to use tissues or wash their hands as much as adults".

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