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The Cause Final 12 months’s Flu Season Was Lethal? Not Sufficient Vaccinations 0 By Marta Subat
Each year in the US, the flu is estimated to cause between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths and up to 710,000 hospitalizations.
The public also has the option to not to get vaccinated against the virus, even though it goes against health physician recommendations.
As well, doctors and health care professionals are able to provide the flu shot for families and babies six months of age and up. "It's not too late to protect yourself, and your family, by getting your flu shot".
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Friday that the first flu-related death happened this week.
Several groups have a higher risk for flu-related complications: children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women, and American Indians and Alaska Natives. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center.
It's not worth experiencing, if you can prevent it with the flu shot. For those without health insurance, flu shots will cost $10.
On the other had, the injectable vaccine is made with an inactivated virus that can not cause the flu.
Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".
Last season's flu vaccine turned out to be only 40 percent effective. If you have questions about which flu vaccine is right for you, talk to your healthcare provider. "We are still at the beginning of flu season, so now is the time to get the vaccine", said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department Director.
Along with receiving the flu shot, Ott says it is important to: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose, ears and mouth with unclean hands, cough into a tissue or your sleeve, keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, avoid hand shakes and try not to use other people's phones, computers or work tools.
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