Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age — CDC

29 September, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Kara Nash
  • CDC: Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age

In an annual event to take stock of seasonal flu vaccination coverage trends and build support for immunization ahead of the upcoming flu season, health officials speaking at a National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) media briefing today said vaccination levels fell a bit previous year in younger children, a worry, given they are at high risk for flu complications. Officials are pushing to get people vaccinated before this year's season hits. "Also, of course, people capable of transferring influenza to those high risk groups".

Even if a vaccine is less effective, it's still enough to help protect you.

At the 2018 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, introduced some recent findings about post-flu illnesses that contribute to flu-related deaths. "It's their social responsibility to get vaccinated".

Each year, vaccines are produced in accordance with the CDC's predictions for the types of viruses most likely to circulate during flu season.

The total is reportedly the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. Vaccines for children 6 months old to 18 years old are free.


Vulnerable populations like children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems were especially affected by last year's flu.

Parents are being urged to let their children have the flu vaccine this winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu vaccine before the end of October for the best possible protection.

Last flu season, 296 people in Washington died from influenza-related conditions, including six in Chelan County, three in Grant County, one in Okanogan County and two in Kittitas County.

Vaccination among healthcare workers is highest when their employers require or promote it, Adams said. The findings were based on an Internet panel survey conducted in March and April. When people who are already frail they may never return to their pre-flu functional level.

The CDC has posted information about flu vaccination for long-term care professionals online. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated early to get protected before flu viruses begin spreading in their community. Another statistic of concern is that Nevadans have the worst influenza immunization rates in the country with only 33% of residents taking advantage of flu shots. This is the highest reported number on record in the past 40 years.

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