The Big Number: Millions of flu vaccines will be offered this season


The flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of it spreading on to others.

People who are 65 years of age or over.

In New Jersey, more than 20,000 people were sickened by the flu and three children died from flu-related illnesses.

According to the CDC, past year 180 pediatric deaths were reported due to influenza - and about 80 percent of them were in unvaccinated children.

Essentia Health is going with the regular vaccine for the 50-64 set, said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, Essentia's infectious disease specialist.

"As long as I'm alive and kicking", he said, laughing. "Those 80,000 people who died previous year from the flu, guess what?" This is why everyone should get their flu shots early. "This year's vaccine includes an updated H3N2 strain, which was the predominant strain seen last flu season".

Why not give it to everyone?

"People need to not let the ideal be the enemy of the good", said Mark Schleiss, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

In addition to reducing the stress and strengthening the immune system, the researchers noted that the fresh air will reduce blood pressure and decrease in the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Where, and how much The good news is many people don't have to pay anything. This is the highest death toll in decades. You can get the vaccine at most major drug store chains, or at your doctor's office, too.

For a few years it wasn't available because it wasn't found to be effective enough, Johnson said.

"They're anxious about past failures", Johnson said. A flu shot is not ideal, but all Americans should consider taking it to prevent any health problems. They're recommended by everyone from 6 months old and up.

The flu vaccines are usually free, but it all depends on your insurance coverage, and your age. According to the CDC, "flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations during the 2016-2017 influenza season".

"Not only will you protect yourself, but you'll also be playing a part in helping stop the spread of the virus this winter". "So I'm not just talking about vaccinating that child or that patient that's right in front of me".

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older, especially people at high-risk for flu-related complications, get a yearly flu vaccine preferably by the end of October. It is not possible to predict the severity and exact strains of the flu that will affect each season, but another equally high-risk season is always feasible. In a particularly gruesome way to go, people with the flu can experience "multiple organ failure" throughout their bodies.

She experienced that herself, Johnson said.

"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, '" said Adams. But the symptoms only lasted for a day.

In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last winter was the deadliest year for the flu in the last 40 years. "And they're having a mild season (this year)".