Deadly Flu Season Spurs New Push for Vaccinations

Brunswick County Health Services will begin offering flu vaccines on Oct. 1

Brunswick County Health Services will begin offering flu vaccines on Oct. 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this week that last flu season was one of the worst the United States has seen in decades. Therefore, flu vaccination can help elderly people stay in good health for longer. Like with every year, this year's flu vaccine has changed and been updated to hopefully better protect people against the flu.

"We know there are very, very few contraindiciations to flu vaccine", Burstein said. Comparatively, the next-highest recent season, the 2014-2015 flu season, had 2,575 cases recorded in Greene County. It led to 900,000 confirmed hospitalizations. Cases increased in November and peaked in January and February.

Laura Riley, MD, professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, said in the NFID release that flu vaccination during pregnancy is safe. Additionally, the CDC reported almost 60 percent of kids under 17 weren't vaccinated during the last flu season.

Overall, the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine for last season was estimated to be 40 percent.

Adults who get the vaccine are less likely to suffer complications that require hospitalization. There was a large geographic variability in vaccination coverage among children, ranging from a high of 76.2 percent in Rhode Island to a low of 43.2 percent in Wyoming. Flu season starts Monday and peaks around Mardi Gras. Some seasons are mild.

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Private manufacturers, which produce the vaccine, have projected needing between 163 million and 168 million doses of injectable vaccine for the USA market for the 2018-2019 flu season. Local pharmacies, doctors' office, schools and more offer little or no-cost vaccines at convenient locations across the county.

The 2018-2019 flu vaccines will protect against three or four strains of influenza, depending upon the formulation you receive.

Live-attenuated influenza vaccine that is given via nasal spray.

That tally is almost twice as many deaths as what health officials previously considered a "bad" year. Studies and data provided by the vaccine maker convinced federal officials that it should again be an option for consumers. "We want everyone to to get immunized now - before Halloween". "It is critical that we focus national attention on the importance of influenza vaccination to protect as many people as possible every season".

Flu vaccination decreases the chances that you will spread the virus to others.

Fatal complications from the flu can include pneumonia, stroke and heart attack. When that was going around, it affected more healthy people than your normal older or younger groups.

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