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Flu season starting to impact parts of Florida

Flu season starting to impact parts of Florida”

A CDC study in 2017 showed that vaccination reduced flu deaths among children with high-risk medical conditions by half and among healthy children by about two-thirds.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 80,000 people died from the flu and complications from it last season.

Though the toll was highest among seniors, the dead included 180 children, "and a majority of them were unvaccinated", Adams says.

Each year, vaccines are produced in accordance with the CDC's predictions for the types of viruses most likely to circulate during flu season. For another, the vaccine is your best chance at avoiding the risky flu.

It's flu season again and experts recommend everyone six months and older get vaccinated now. "That layer of added protection is important", she said. Lingering inflammation, for instance, can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke two to four weeks after recovery from flu, he said. This number is thought to be underestimated, as not all flu-related deaths are reported. However, H3N2 was particularly resistant to the flu vaccine.

Medicago Inc., a biotechnology company, owns the first plant-based seasonal flu vaccine to reach late-stage clinical trials.

"We've got to try to do something about the messaging", said William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and an infectious diseases professor at Vanderbilt University. "Today, I am leading by example and getting vaccinated against flu".

How are you going to help prevent yourself from getting the flu this year?

The vaccine is expected to be more accurate this season, and influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere has been unremarkable so far - a good sign for the US and Canada.

Overall, the United States experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in recent decades. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. The proportion of USA 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.

And for people who don't like needles, the nasal spray vaccine is available this year.

Vaccination is "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses", says the CDC.

Between Sept. 1, 2017, and August 31, Wisconsin saw 7,530 hospitalizations and 379 recorded deaths related to the flu. Last season saw a small decline of 1.1 percentage points to 57.9%, but the decline was a little steeper (2.2 percentage points) in the youngest group, those ages 6 months through 4 years.



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