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CDC Warns of Nasty Flu Season

CDC Warns of Nasty Flu Season

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:27 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that the upcoming flu season could be just as bad or worse than last year’s, CNBC reports.

"The 2017-2018 influenza season was a high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and elevated and geographically widespread influenza activity for an extended period," the CDC wrote in its summary of the 2017-2018 flu season.

According to the agency, an estimated 700,000 people were hospitalized with influenza or pneumonia over a 16-week period. 180 children died from influenza-associated causes in the 2017-2018 flu season, 80 percent of whom were not vaccinated that season.

The CDC notes that ILI activity started to rise in November, and hit its peak in January and February.

"While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works," last season’s flu vaccine was estimated to be 40 percent effective, "flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications and prevents millions of flu illnesses and related doctors’ visits and tens of thousands of hospitalizations. For example, during the 2016–2017 influenza season, CDC estimates that flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations associated with influenza."

The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated before the end of October, and note that babies older than six months should be vaccinated, and can be with either a shot or a nasal spray.

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