So people who caught the flu last year may have some residual immunity to help protect them this year, he says. Past year the overall vaccine effectiveness was estimated to be 40 percent, according to the CDC, meaning that it reduced a person's overall risk of having to seek medical care for the flu by 40 percent.
It may seem early, but clinics are already receiving this year's vaccine.
"Now is the time to get their flu immunization to make sure they are protected from the flu season", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 180 children died from the flu, and 80 percent of them had not been vaccinated. "If you get it now, the immunity will last through the entirety of flu season". When Al Khoury looked at high school students' responses to a biennial health survey conducted by the Florida Department of Health, he saw there were groups of students who had particularly low rates of flu shots: female students (53.3 percent), black students (26.8 percent), Hispanic students (20.8 percent), and students who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual (54 percent). The CDC classified it as the first severely high season across all ages.
The nasal spray vaccine FluMist is a recommended option this season for use in nonpregnant individuals ages 2 through 49.
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Officials at Thomas Jefferson Health District say a new flu vaccine is released every year, and this year's is out.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against influenza. "You can kind of put it in perspective for how important it is to get that vaccine". "We urge parents to talk with their pediatricians now to avoid any delay in getting their children vaccinated".
The federal goal for flu vaccination coverage among teens, outlined in Healthy People 2020, is 70 percent. "They rely on everybody else to get vaccinated to keep the viral burden down in the community".
On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York City had to be quarantined upon landing after roughly 100 passengers and crew were sickened with flu-like symptoms.