The Facts About The Flu Vaccine

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The 219 flu-related deaths from last season was up from 59 deaths the prior season and 218 deaths in the 2014-15 season.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. "I wish I would have gotten the flu shot they offered a year ago".

So far this season, 221 cases have been reported.

Park says the Stop Flu at School will be offered to all elementary and intermediate public schools in Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Counties.

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications for those with long-term health conditions like bronchitis, diabetes, heart or liver disease.

But Dr. David Colby with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit said "no person on Earth" could say how the local flu season will roll out this year because it hasn't started yet.

Nationwide, last flu season flu activity peaked in mid-March, according to the Centers for Disease Control. NHS leaders are seriously concerned that Britain could be hit by its biggest flu outbreak in years this winter. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu shot.

Other actions to prevent the spread of the flu include washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes and not reusing tissues and "staying home when you're sick", Passaretti said.

The quadrivalent vaccines are created to protect against the already mentioned viruses plus an additional B virus. In the 2016-17 flu season, which was described as a "moderate", more than 600,000 were hospitalized due to complications from the flu, said Jernigan.


"I have not gotten my flu vaccines".

Get it even if you're in ideal health.

Influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that can cause mild to severe illness and is potentially fatal.

"When we're young and invincible, getting the flu doesn't seem like it's such a bad thing, you know maybe a week off work or something like that".

Experts recommend getting vaccinated and frequent handwashing to stay disease-free.

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who are "super-spreaders" of the virus.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services releases flu season updates every Thursday for the previous week's cases.

Vaccination rates improved nationally previous year, according to CDC data.

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