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After about 80,000 flu deaths in the U.S. last season, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated this year. Past year it provided 90 per cent protection against one of the strains of flu.

CDC estimates that flu vaccines prevent tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year and a CDC study in 2017 was the first of its kind to show flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children.

In past seasons, flu deaths ranged from a low of about 12,000 to a high of about 56,000.

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 rural clinics provide the opportunity for people outside of Columbia to get vaccinated.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. "We want everyone to to get immunized now - before Halloween".

Little said flu shots are recommended for all residents 6 months of age and over.

Officials determine the composition of the vaccine each year.

"We don't know what this season will bring", she said.

"Since children can't make the decision to get vaccinated themselves, it's up to parents and health care providers to make it happen", said Kris Ehresmann, MDH's director of infectious disease, in a statement released by the agency on Thursday.

Following the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC began using a new methodology for ranking severity of flu seasons. "I will predict there will be a flu season". "It is critical that we focus national attention on the importance of influenza vaccination to protect as many people as possible every season".

"The damage continues even after one recover from the acute respiratory illness", Dr. Schaffner said. When that was going around, it affected more healthy people than your normal older or younger groups.

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Post-flu inflammation can affect blood vessels that lead to the heart and to the brain.

He said the primary outcome is increased risk from heart attacks and strokes, as well as a secondary concern for older people who are more vulnerable to disability and death. "It's about getting everyone around that individual vaccinated" Dr. Adams said.

As measured by doctors' and hospital visits, last year's was the most severe season since the 2009 pandemic, according to the CDC. For the H1N1 strain, the effectiveness was 67 percent. "While protecting yourself, you're also protecting those around you".

While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or "sick to your stomach" can sometimes be related to the flu - more commonly in children than adults - these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza.

Flu can cause immediate complications, including pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.

Especially vulnerable are children and pregnant women.

"I'm just trying to figure out how to build trust", she said. You may be the only protection some age groups have to help them from getting the flu. It is healthy kids out there dying from the flu. Estimates for many earlier seasons were not readily available.

There were record-breaking levels of illness, hospitalization rates and deaths in children.

The CDC reported 180 children died from the flu, two of which were in MI.

That's the urgent message from federal health officials this morning.

Vaccination rates among children declined 1.1 percent during the 2017-18 flu season. "By getting into the baby's system, it protects babies for the first six months of life".