That was the only age group that exceeded the public health goal of 70 percent vaccination coverage, according to NFID.
"A lot of kids, when they're sick, they come to school anyway because they'll have a test or something that day", said Goggins.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; germs are easily spread this way. Try going to get your shot on a Friday afternoon, so you'll have some downtime to unwind after.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the findings on its FluVaxView Web site and in two reports in the latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Price said manufacturers expect to make 151 million to 166 million doses of flu vaccine for the United States market, up from 146 million doses distributed during the 2016-17 season. So were two-thirds of adults 65 and older. For adults, vaccination rates increased about 1 percent, from 46 percent in 2015-2016 to 47 percent in 2016-2017.
"We see cases of the flu every season", said Robinson.
If you are a frontline health or social worker your employer should offer you a free flu vaccination. It is recommended that people of all ages get the flu vaccine [but especially those] with children younger than 5, pregnant women and elderly [as they are] at the highest risk for complications. For the season, the department recorded 7,935 cases in Montana, resulting in 829 hospitalizations and 56 deaths.
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend yearly vaccinations for almost all people over the age of six months, especially those at high risk.
Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Getting vaccinated against the flu can also protect a baby from flu after birth.
There's also no concrete cause and effect between flu seasons elsewhere in the world and what we should expect. "Children do die of the flu". Experts predict upwards of 77,000 hospitalizations this year from the flu.
If you are at risk of more serious flu, consider getting an annual flu vaccine to help reduce your chances of being infected. Family members and others around babies should get vaccinated to protect the babies and themselves since infants under 6 months of age can not get vaccinated.
Everybody, starting at 6 months of age, according to the CDC.
If you could give our readers just one piece of advice for staying healthy through cold and flu season, what would it be and why?
"We're a brand new office", said Robinson.
The National Foundation of Infectious Diseases said the effectiveness of the flue shot varies, at a recent press conference. "But we're still not meeting USA public health goals for vaccine coverage among certain groups".