Flu season is back; experts recommend getting vaccinations now

Flu season is back; experts recommend getting vaccinations now

"That community immunity is what we want to take home today; 80,000 deaths past year and they all got the flu from someone else".

The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter - the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.

Nodaway County Health Department Public Health Nurse Supervisor Tabitha Frank said a year ago saw a severe season with a high number of cases and intense symptoms associated with those cases.

It's recommended that all women who are, or might become, pregnant during flu season be vaccinated against the flu.

It's flu season again and health officials say it's time to get your flu shot. You can also get flu shots as walk-in patients now. Almost 50,000 Americans died in opioid-related deaths in 2017, the Times reported. She also said it is important to know it is never too late to get a flu shot.

Fatal complications from the flu can include pneumonia, stroke and heart attack.

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Jennifer Stiles with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health says they have plenty of vaccine for the season, but says it's tough to tell exactly what this flu season could bring.

This year, we are not only offering this protection, but we are also again practicing for a much bigger potential emergency situation by hosting our Second Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic on October 6 from 9 a.m.to noon at the Meigs County Fairgrounds. "So there are simple steps that employers can take to help keep their employees safe and healthy so that they come to work, and to keep the people they're caring for safe and healthy", he added. There's an even steeper drop-off in vaccination coverage for teenagers 13-17 years (50 percent). The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Infections can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes lead to death. Per the CDC, some children 6 months through 8 years of age will require two doses of flu vaccine for adequate protection from flu. This means the flu vaccine reduced a person's risk of having to seek medical care by 40%, the CDC found. Estimates from the past two years were just over 60 percent.

Speaking at the same conference, Dr. Laura E. Riley, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, said that less than half of all pregnant women - 49% - received a flu shot a year ago.

Among children hospitalized for flu last season, more than half had underlying health conditions, such as asthma, neurological disorders, or obesity.

What about if you're already feeling the flu coming on?

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