CDC survey shows thousands of young US children get no vaccines

Glen Mclaughlin
October 15, 2018

"Last year's flu season was among the most severe on record and getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and everyone around you", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

People at high risk for developing complications from the flu can be given antiviral medications at first symptoms to stave off the worst effects.

Haynes, who has a photography business in Tacoma, Wash., and came down with the flu in January 2017, was one of the estimated 30.9 million people who got the flu during the 2016-2017 season. That will give your body more time to create cells that will fight flu if and when you get exposed. "After sizable outbreaks, people will respond with greater uptake of influenza vaccination, but they should be getting vaccinated every year to protect those most vulnerable, mainly children and the elderly".

"I gotta tell you, I'm exhausted of hearing people say, 'Well, I didn't get sick and I didn't get the flu shot, ' or, 'I don't like it, my arm hurts, ' or, 'It makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable, '" said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams at a news conference on September 27. Kari O'Driscoll, a mother of two in Washington state, said she doesn't get the flu shot because she and her kids are healthy, and she doesn't think they would suffer dramatic health effects if they got sick. Thompson disclosed no conflicts of interest; other co-authors disclosed support from Johnson & Johnson (Jannsen Pharmaceuticals), Pfizer, MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur, Protein Science, Novartis (now GSK), and Dynavax.

Flu can be very serious.

There are other forms of the flu vaccine recommended for certain demographics. They're made of inactivated, or dead, virus and proteins - not live virus - making it impossible to get the flu from the shot.

Taking appropriate preventive measures is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of the flu and other illnesses.

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Focusing on just that one number, however, is short-sighted because it lumps all strains and all ages together, Munoz said. The flu vaccine is formulated using data on flu viruses that circulated around the world in the previous year.

Officials are underscoring the importance of flu shots for healthier people. If you get the flu without a shot, you'll have symptoms for 5 to 14 days.

The study, co-authored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found pregnant women who received the flu shot reduced their risk of being hospitalized due to the virus by "an average of 40 percent".

"We're glad that MA flu vaccination rates among children and adolescents were among the highest in the country last season, at nearly 75 percent", said Dr. Larry Madoff, Director of the DPH Division of Epidemiology and Immunization.

Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu-associated death by half among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds among healthy children.

But this year, Haynes will be among the vaccinated. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead this flu season. Getting the flu shot is about community; it's about everyone else around you. "It's not a guarantee that you're not going to get the flu, but I see it as it's that one extra layer of protection".

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