This year parents have two choices: the flu shot or the FluMist nasal spray vaccine, available for kids 2 and older. That number was quadruple the average of 25 death each season over the last decade.
The Hanover and District Hospital is urging all of its employees who can to also receive the influenza vaccination. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective means of protecting yourself and your family.
CDC data shows that during last flu season, 37.1 percent of American adults got vaccinated against the flu.
"I think that parents should be aware that the flu shot is very mild in general, that it only takes a few seconds, and that usually there is very little reaction to it", Dr. Bhargava says. Those hospitalized with flu include seven children aged 17 or younger.
A team of researchers analyzed monthly flu reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in four communities across the United States between October 2010 and September 2014. "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". "Only the flu shot will be given".
"Getting the vaccine is a quick, simple procedure which is the best way people can protect themselves against the unpredictable flu virus and any more serious complications which could result". The CDC provides vaccine estimates several times throughout the season, and typically early estimates are reported in February and the full season estimates come in June, Ambrose says. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school. "The single best way to improve influenza-related outcomes is to vaccinate people".
Dr. Frank Illuzzi, chief medical officer at CityMD, and a board-certified physician in emergency medicine, recommends patients speak with their medical providers about the different flu vaccine options to determine which one is the best fit for them.
"I encourage people to not delay, and to get a flu vaccine", Illuzzi says.