CDC:80,000 people died of flu last winter in US

CDC:80,000 people died of flu last winter in US

"We're not just giving the higher dose to older people, we're giving it to everyone", Hallberg said.

The Health Department is offering flu vaccines by appointment at its four county health centers.

"We don't know what's going to happen, but we're seeing more encouraging signs than we were early past year", Jernigan said.

Prevention. The most important thing is to get the influenza vaccine which is easily and conveniently provided at all of our Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers in Lakeview, River North, Streeterville and now the West Loop.

80,000 People Died of Flu Last Winter in U.S.

Last year's flu season was reportedly the deadliest in 40 years. The state's tally included one child.

Following the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC began using a new methodology for ranking severity of flu seasons. Getting a flu vaccine will protect not only you, but also your family and co-workers.

"That's huge", said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert. The season peaked in early February and was mostly over by the end of March. "There's a definite drop-off once you start throwing up some barriers", Safranek said.

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"Kids have a lot of snot, they have a lot of drool and they go to school", she said over laughter from the audience. 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.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to - in the worst year - 56,000, according to the CDC.

The number is thought to be the highest death toll for the flu since the winter of 1976-77. Dr. Sarah McIntire said more patients have had more questions earlier than usual this year.

Dr Linda Diggle, head of preventative programmes at Health, said this year the department was rolling out three extra measures to try to keep the "unpredictable" flu virus under control.

How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.

Even if a vaccine isn't a flawless match for the year's strains, she said, it's still a good idea to get the shot because the antibodies people produce as a result will protect against the circulating strains and similar ones.

For other groups-including very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions-the flu can cause very serious illness and can even be life-threatening.

This report contains material from the Associated Press.

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