Percent Of American Adults Skipping Flu Vaccine This Year

Percent Of American Adults Skipping Flu Vaccine This Year

"The flu season usually peaks between December and February and continues until May". But it did not have to be almost as deadly as it was.

The CDC recently reported that the flu was responsible for as many as 80,000 deaths last winter. What happened? It's simple and sad.

Seventy percent of Garden State seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot versus 62 percent of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 61 percent of those earning less than $35,000.

Flu season generally begins in the fall and lasts through March. However, what parents tend to overlook are the serious consequences of not having their child vaccinated.

While the vaccine is not ideal, it greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu and lessens the severity should one get ill. Her husband could not remember whether or not she had been vaccinated. Although the latest flu season is just getting started, Madoff said, there's no need for concern yet. The child was not vaccinated for the current flu season.

"The flu should not be taken lightly".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the week of December 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.

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"Everyone who presents for a flu shot will be screened to make sure it's safe for them to receive the vaccine".

The report comes early in what has been a mild season. In addition, the Louisiana Department of Health is making flu shots available at parish health units to allow people an easy way to get flu shots at no cost to the patient. As it turned out, the vaccine was 36 percent effective in adults, and almost 60 percent effective in children. More serious adverse events are rare.

The benefits go far beyond that, though.

When people experience cold and flu symptoms, Kaweah Delta is urging the public to seek care from their personal physicians for conditions that are not life-threatening or will not require hospitalization. People with compromised immunity.

Nurses can talk with patients and families about ways in which they can talk to their visitors about the importance of receiving the flu vaccine and can work with them to perhaps set limits or discourage visitors who have not been vaccinated. Deaths and hospitalizations are prevented.

Fact: It is true being healthy may help you recover from illness more quickly, but it won't prevent you from getting or spreading the flu virus. The vaccine uses a killed virus, and every batch is checked to ensure this.

Over the last two years Kaweah Delta's efforts to help their staff stave off the flu has made them a leader, along with five other hospitals, in the state. This is a particularly virulent, shape-shifting strain that can mutate even while the vaccine is being incubated in eggs.

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