Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming

CDC: Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age

"Protecting slightly more Minnesota children from influenza past year is good news, especially given the lack of a no-shot, nasal spray option, but we still have too many children left unprotected from this potentially serious disease", said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. "Everyone 6 months and older, even healthy teens and young adults, should get vaccinated".

The CDC blamed the severity on a particularly bad strain and lower vaccination rates in key groups. About 80,000 Americans died, compared with 12,000 to 56,000 in a normal year.

The slippage in vaccination rates may be due to knowledge that the 2017-18 vaccine was not as protective as in previous years. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow".

It seems like as soon as fall gets here, we're already on the lookout for flu-like symptoms.

Vaccination varies widely among states and specific groups.

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Last flu season there were 291 deaths and 4,819 hospitalizations between September 2017 and May 2018.

Parents will be asked to sign a consent form allowing their child to be vaccinated against flu at school.

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference. Many women who skipped the Tdap said they didn't know they needed to receive it during pregnancy in the first place. "They have a lot of drool and they go to school".

"It has influenza A, so it protects against both H1N1 and H3N2 strains, and then an influenza B strain".

Federal health authorities say vaccination remains the best way to reduce the risk of contracting the illness and safeguarding vulnerable populations, such as newborn babies and elderly people. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow", said Dr. Schaffner.

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Public Health will offer walk-in vaccination, although an appointment is preferred.

This year, we are not only offering this protection, but we are also again practicing for a much bigger potential emergency situation by hosting our Second Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic on October 6 from 9 a.m.to noon at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.

The historic 2017-2018 flu season was a deadly epidemic in the United States. "It is critical that we focus national attention on the importance of influenza vaccination to protect as many people as possible every season". "Getting vaccinated is the socially responsible thing to do".

"My wife's grandmother was going along OK", Adams said.

Despite constant reminders from public health officials to get vaccinated, last winter recorded the highest death toll associated with the disease in the last four decades. You'll prevent the spread of germs and disease, keeping yourself and other healthier.

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