New flu vaccine recommendations issued as flu season approaches

29 September, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Tens of thousands of American deaths last winter are believed to have been caused by the flu and its related complications according to government officials making it the most severe in at least four decades

CDC officials don't have an exact measure of the amount of flu-related deaths per year.

Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, an assistant professor in the infectious diseases division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

"The thing that was most notable about a year ago was how high in terms of activity things were", said Nordlund.

"We can all do our part in keeping flu numbers down by getting a flu shot before the season really hits hard".

The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted almost two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate. Estimates for many earlier seasons were not readily available. Flu season, when the highest number of illnesses emerge, generally tends to run from October to March in the U.S.

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.

She said "kids are more likely to be immunized if their parents are" adding everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, which is the recommendation of the CDC.


Flu vaccines that were not wholly effective exacerbated the problem, but Redfield told AP that he'd still "like to see more people get vaccinated". That means the vaccine reduced a person's overall risk of having to seek medical care for flu at a doctor's office by 40 percent.

Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza.

Looking ahead to the coming winter months, Australia's flu season, which precedes that in the Northern Hemisphere nations, is often an indicator of what's to come in the US, Canada and across Europe.

This year, flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses, according to the CDC. That said, Schaffner warned that flu is "unpredictable".

Now that the end of September is here, it's definitely a good time to get vaccinated for flu season. Deaths attributed to influenza and patients requiring hospitalization have both been low. "This is important because typically older adults" immune systems become weaker as they age, so they need a turbo-boosted vaccine to protect them'.

Along with vaccinations, the CDC suggests everyday prevention actions. Anyone can get the flu, even younger, healthy people.

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