80,000 killed last year due to deadly flu

What Can Be Done to Prevent Another Rise in Flu Deaths This Year

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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.

"We can not get the flu from getting the flu vaccine and getting immunized is the best way to protect yourself and others from this very serious illness".

Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, and a growing body of evidence supports the fact that vaccination also reduces the risk of serious flu outcomes that can result in hospitalization and even death.

This season there are several different kinds of influenza vaccines being offered including a regular and high dose version for persons over 65, according to Kelaita. Experts nevertheless say vaccination is still worth it because it makes illnesses less severe and save lives. "Parents should ask their health care provider about influenza vaccine and providers should check the vaccination status of patients at every visit and strongly recommend vaccination". Last year, 63 percent of school aged children had the vaccine in the South West, but we can do better. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

So far this year there has only been one case reported in Jefferson County. So the CDC uses statistical models, which are periodically revised, to make estimates. 27 press conference, the CDC announced this past flu season was the deadliest in 40 years.

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CDC officials called the 80,000 figure preliminary, and it may be slightly revised. They got the flu from someone.

A consent form must be completed for every individual receiving the flu shot. Estimates for many earlier seasons were not readily available. In the previous season, during the winter of 2016-2017, the CDC stated that the flu vaccine was approximately 50% effective.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000.

It's not easy to compare flu seasons through history, partly because the nation's population is changing. "H3N2 is a bad virus", Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the influenza division of the CDC, told the New York Times.

And how bad is it going to be? She also said it commonly takes two weeks for the vaccine to build up the protection in people's immune system. "That layer of added protection is important", she said.

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