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Pediatric Deaths Reported During 2018-19 Flu Season

Pediatric Deaths Reported During 2018-19 Flu Season

The majority of influenza viruses characterized antigenically and genetically are similar to the cell-grown reference viruses representing the 2018-2019 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine viruses. The researchers said the findings strongly support current recommendations that children get vaccinated against the flu every year.

As last year's flu season wound down, the CDC said reports of child flu deaths were the highest for a nonpandemic year since the agency started tracking them in 2004.

Many of us believe that the flu is not much more than fever, chills, and a few days home in bed sipping chicken soup. In fact, the flu has already claimed the life of one child in Florida this year, she noted.

"Now is the ideal time to get vaccinated ... it gives your body enough time to respond to the vaccine and mount a good immune response so you're ready for the flu season", Fry said.

DPH officials report weekly influenza activity to the CDC as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.

The United States experiences annual epidemics of seasonal flu, a time of year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls "flu season". According to Anita Owens, director of nursing for GRDHD, any parent bringing children coming in for any service is offered the flu vaccine automatically this time of year.

The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against flu by the end of October. You can also get your flu shot from any pharmacy at no cost to you (with most insurances). That reflects data covering four flu seasons, stretching from 2010 to 2014. "But because influenza viruses are constantly evolving, and the viruses that circulate among people often change from one year to another, new flu vaccines need to be made every year", according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The scientists making the vaccines use either inactivated (killed) viruses or a small amount of the full virus, which ensures your body can build up immunity while not making you sick.

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The same flu shot-effectiveness pattern continued to unfold over the next two flu seasons, the investigators found.

It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine-not only to protect themselves, but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu.

There are no details on the child's age or where they were from.

"This is the ideal time", said the CDC's Fry, noting that flu activity is still relatively low.

"The response has been good this year, I think, because the number of cases last year was so high", Graves said.

Did the flu vaccine work?

This year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season. Some companies are even offering on-site flu shots.Although organizations like the health department and hospitals are responding, the general public can help prevent the disease from spreading.One of the most important things to do is also the most basic: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.The proper procedure is to wash the hands in clean running water with soap for 20 seconds.


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