CDC Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations at Flu Season Nears

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CDC Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations at Flu Season Nears

The beginning of October is a reminder that the flu season is fast approaching and St. Anthony Regional Hospital urges everyone to get immunized to protect themselves from influenza.

On a positive note, the CDC reported that more health care workers are getting vaccinated (79 percent last season, compared with 77 percent in the 2014-15 season), including more staff at long-term care facilities, whose flu shot rate went up from 64 to 69 percent.

Flu shots are typically available through doctor's office locations, the local health department or drugstores.

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said if they could heighten vaccination coverage by just five percent more, that would inhibit about 800,000 illnesses and nearly 10,000 hospitalizations.

McGill said, "The flu vaccine gives protections that we all need". For all others, the suggested donation for the flu vaccine is $15.

"A flu shot is quick and easy so you don't get queasy", Governor Rauner said.

"One small pinch beats a week worth of flu and all the things that can be complications of the flu, including missing school, work, secondary diseases that are made worse like asthma". However, getting a flu vaccine for your child may be a little more painful this year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention only recommends the flu vaccine in the injectable form this year-the flu shot.

No more nasal flu shots like these will be given after the CDC determined they were not as effective as the traditional shots
No more nasal flu shots like these will be given after the CDC determined they were not as effective as the traditional shots

As pointed out by The New York Times, one of the major caveats with this excuse is that it's hard, if not impossible, to verify that you've actually had the flu without a proper lab test.

Cox emphasizes that the flu shot is still the most effective way of preventing the virus.

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Over a period of 31 flu seasons, between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the USA range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people, said the CDC.

According to CDC estimates, FluMist reduced incidence of the flu by just 3 percent compared with unvaccinated people in the 2015-16 flu season-meaning it offered virtually no protection.

Last season 69 Hoosiers died from the flu. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels throughout the population, said Witte. "According to the expert panel, data from 2013 to 2016 showed that LAIV was less effective compared to flu shots, even though data when it was first introduced had shown performance as good or better than flu shots".

The cost for the vaccine at the Platte Valley Health Clinic in Saratoga is $45, Bartholomew said, and insurance and Medicare should cover the cost.

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