Two flu-related deaths reported in CT

Flu vaccination is the main way to prevent sickness and death caused by flu. But last season vaccination coverage among adults was 37.1 percent the lowest rate for adults 18 and older since 2010-2011

Flu vaccination is the main way to prevent sickness and death caused by flu. But last season vaccination coverage among adults was 37.1 percent the lowest rate for adults 18 and older since 2010-2011

"Getting the flu can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening", said Jeffrey Howard, M.D., commissioner of DPH.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

The study findings were published online October 26 in JAMA Network Open. The weekly report is located online at https://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/FluActivity.aspx will be updated by noon each Friday. No new pediatric flu deaths were reported, keeping the total at one so far. The state flu activity level is now classified as "sporadic".

But, as of October 27th, there have been 3 pediatric deaths reported in the US for the 2018-2019 influenza season.

Health officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get the flu shot.

Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.

"At the very beginning of the vaccination season previous year, there were widely distributed reports that the vaccine used in Australia was only 10 percent effective, and I think, by golly, that turned a lot of people off", Schaffner said.

There are few things that can make you feel lousier than the flu, and the 2018-19 season is expected to be particularly brutal."The flu makes me nervous", said Dr. Mark Bustamante of Oak Street Health in Indianapolis.

The conclusion follows three years spent monitoring flu vaccine effectiveness among almost 3,400 children aged 2 to 17. However, ACIP recommends that FluMist once again be an option for vaccination during the 2018-2019 influenza season for persons for whom it is age-appropriate and who have no medical contraindications. However, some private providers will offer FluMist this season for their patients.

An ongoing telephone survey that the CDC uses to assess a range of health conditions and risk behaviors in adults suggests that flu vaccine coverage in that age-goup last season was 37.1%, reflecting a 6.2-percentage-point drop from the previous season and the lowest level in the past seven seasons. Some data about deaths and hospitalizations were released last month, but new details show the scope of last season's harshness. "The number of children in the USA who die from the flu each season varies from about 37 to over 170". This includes women who are pregnant.

The health department along with city-run clinics and hospitals provide no or low-priced flu vaccines. These voluntary sites collect data and report influenza-like illness (ILI) cases according to age groups each week.

In its weekly report covering flu activity through last week, the CDC said disease activity is still low nationally, with only four states reporting local flu activity: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. "Remember, the flu is contagious". This is deeply concerning, considering how easy and affordable it is to get a flu shot.

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