Flu vaccination at schools

Ben Davidson
October 1, 2018

However, the vaccination rate in this age group is still the highest of any group (67.8 percent).

Despite the terrible season last year, overall vaccination coverage remained flat; as in previous years, less than half of the US population was vaccinated. "Give the vaccine credit for softening the blow". Because flu seasons vary in length and severity, the estimates have ranged from a low of 12,000 deaths (during 2011-2012) to a previous high of 56,000 (during 2012-2013).

For healthcare workers, flu vaccination levels remained the same as the past four seasons at 78.4%, maintaining a 15-percentage-point increase since the 2010-11 season.

"That herd immunity is so, so very important", he said at a news conference.

The months with the most flu activity in Springfield tend to be from January to March.

While there are several factors that lead women to skip vaccines during pregnancy, including health literacy and underlying personal and cultural beliefs. "We hate H3N2." When a doctor says it's bad, you know it's bad. Flu vaccination is not a ideal tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection.

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Federal health authorities say vaccination remains the best way to reduce the risk of contracting the illness and safeguarding vulnerable populations, such as newborn babies and elderly people. However, it is reassuring to see that having vaccines available, and pointing patients to where they can find them, seems to improve vaccination rates.

Parker mentioned that before she began working for the Jefferson County Health Unit, around 1,000 people would show up to receive their annual flu shot.

"The flu is deadly".

Seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Adams said estimating potential infections and deaths for the upcoming flu season is answering the wrong question because "we look at every season as a bad season. It's their social responsibility to get vaccinated". "It's about getting everyone around that individual vaccinated" Dr. Adams said. "We are encouraging everyone to get a flue shot to protect themselves and their families, because it is hard to predict in advance how several the flu season is going to be". Shots will be given to ages six months and older for a $5 fee, which can be waived for those unable to pay. It is a contagious respiratory illness, believed to be spread by droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking, which can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. And risk of spreading flu can be reduced with better hygiene and staying home from work and school when sick, he said.

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