The overall effectiveness of last year's flu shot was estimated to be 40%, meaning vaccination reduced an individual's risk of seeking medical care by 40%, according to the CDC.
"Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related consequences". Explain why the flu is more serious and why vaccinations are crucial.
"Unfortunately, over half of all adults are now unvaccinated, with 4 in 10 not intending to get vaccinated, placing themselves and those around them at risk", said Caroline Pearson of the NORC at University of Chicago, also stating that widespread vaccination doesn't just help the individual but protects those who can not get vaccinated through herd immunity.
Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel is an important measure of a hospital's health care quality, according to CDPH.
This time a year ago, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at least 210 individuals had been hospitalized due to influenza. There's also a problem called imprinting, in which the first flu virus or vaccine a child receives can influence how they respond to all other flu infections for life.
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"Perhaps the healthy adults are at a fairly small risk of getting a very very severe flu infection, but if they do get infected, they're potentially still infecting others".
"That's the strain that's a little bit better match to our vaccine", he said. Yet even though flu shots are readily available and cheap, many don't get one.
Flu caused almost 80,000 deaths and more than 950,000 hospitalizations around the country last season, the highest numbers in decades, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is evidence the flu can be milder and briefer in those who have been vaccinated against the flu. While vaccinations like the measles, mumps, rubella, and several others are already required, there are many optional yet highly recommended vaccines that many parents feel are unnecessary. Although flu vaccines are not flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting the flu. Although children are the ones receiving the vaccinations, they themselves do not know what is being injected into their bodies, nor do they know what the vaccination can prevent or protect them from. "I also refer them to the Centers for Disease Control website, cdc.gov, which provides up to date information for healthcare providers and the public", said Mayer.