Last year, the number of flu cases began to increase in earnest in November and peaked in late January and February.
Here in Minnesota, 62 percent of children were vaccinated a year ago. In comparison, during previous flu seasons, public health officials record about 12,000 to 56,000 flu-related deaths.
The flu killed an estimated 80,000 people previous year according to the CDC.
The summary of the 2017-2018 flu season was published on the website of the CDC.
It's recommended that all women who are, or might become, pregnant during flu season be vaccinated against the flu.
The timing and severity of the flu season varies each year, depending on the strains that are circulating. That number is likely on the low side of actual deaths due to pneumonia patients who were not tested for the flu, Haupt said. Speaking to the Associated Press, Daniel Jernigan, a flu expert from the CDC, says that the strain of flu that is detected as early as this month is milder than a year ago.
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It's virtually impossible to predict the coming flu season. For another, the vaccine is your best chance at avoiding the unsafe flu.
"Think of it, 180 families put a child in a grave a year ago because of a vaccine-preventable infection", said Dr. Wendy Sue L. Swanson with Seattle Children's Hospital. "Flu vaccinations save lives".
Last year's flu-related deaths included 180 children, the highest in a regular (non-pandemic) flu season since 2012-2013, although not as high as the 358 children who died during the 2009 flu pandemic. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. "After acute flu, recovery may not be complete. Flu can lead to progressive decline and progressive disability", said Dr. Schaffner.
Flu vaccines are a safe procedure despite some common misconceptions that it causes the flu or other medical complications, said Teri Stevenson, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Adams said that getting the flu shot by the end of October is not just about keeping yourself safe and healthy, it's also about community. "By getting vaccinated against flu and pneumococcal disease, we can all do our part to stay healthy and interrupt the spread of these serious diseases".
Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.
With flu season getting closer, the New River Health District is getting ahead to make sure people are getting their flu shots this year. "People who have egg allergies can get immunized". Experts advised against using FluMist during the past two flu seasons because the vaccine's component targeting the influenza A (H1N1) strain was conferring inadequate protection.