The health department also accepts Medicaid and participates in the Vaccine for Children program. That strain tended to send people to the hospital and result in fatalities, particularly among those who are vulnerable, such as young children and the elderly.
"We lost 80,000 people past year to the flu".
Adams noted that a variety of vaccines have been officially approved this year, including nasal mist, and that they are widely available, including in doctor's offices, local pharmacies, some work places and even certain groceries stores.
Private manufacturers, which produce the vaccine, have projected needing between 163 million and 168 million doses of injectable vaccine for the USA market for the 2018-2019 flu season.
"Kids have a lot of snot, they have a lot of drool and they go to school", she said over laughter from the audience.
To compare with other years in the history of having the flu shot, the flu typically kills about 12,000 Americans in a mild year.
She said "kids are more likely to be immunized if their parents are" adding everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, which is the recommendation of the CDC. The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted almost two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate.
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The number is thought to be the highest death toll for the flu since the winter of 1976-77.
This year's trivalent vaccines will protect against the A/Michigan strain, an H1N1-like virus; A/Singapore, an H3N2-like virus; and B/Colorado (Victoria lineage), while the quadrivalent vaccine will also protect against the B/Phuket strain (Yamagata lineage).
Overall, the United States experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in recent decades. Vaccines typically come in trivalent (protecting against three viruses - two A-strains and one B-strain) or quadrivalent (protecting against four strains - two A-strains and two B-strains). The tally was almost twice as great as what health officials previously considered a bad year, he said. This means it's best to get the vaccine before flu season begins to have full immune benefits.
And it has also revealed that Islanders aged 65 and over will received a "turbo-charged" vaccine, while pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes will have a "gold standard" jab that will protect them against four strains of virus.
"One hundred and eighty kids - this really hit me hard as the father of three kids - died previous year from the flu".
Now that the end of September is here, it's definitely a good time to get vaccinated for flu season.
This report contains material from the Associated Press.