HHS focuses on increased vaccination for new flu season

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HHS focuses on increased vaccination for new flu season

"We don't know what's going to happen but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia", Dr. Daniel Jernigan, influenza chief at the CDC, told the Associated Press.

Prof Murphy said that now only around 70% of eligible Australians take up the offer of a free vaccine through the National Immunisation Program.

Among children and teens, the number who were vaccinated last year didn't change from the year before, remaining at about 59 percent.

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) started this year's Flu Vaccine Campaign and offered the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination starting September 19,2017.

A just-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report estimate from the 2016-2017 influenza season showed mostly stagnant vaccination rates among all age groups, with small increases in those 50 and older.

CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician's office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine.

Free NHS flu vaccinations are also available to individuals with asthma, COPD or other long-term lung conditions, heart problems, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke or a transient ischaemic attack, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, problems with your spleen e.g sickle cell disease or the removal of the spleen or are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above). "I urge parents to remember that even the healthiest children are at risk from the flu so it's really important to get them vaccinated every year".

You can protect your loved ones from flu and pneumonia by making sure you are immunized each year.

The hospitalization rate last season for influenza was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season, officials said.

After all the data was gathered, the team compiled the information and discovered that only one of all the factors they looked at was predictive of higher flu antibody levels in the blood samples.

The panel also stressed the importance of pneumococcal vaccination for adults age 65 years and older and younger adults with high-risk factors, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disorders as well as people who smoke.

All ages are welcome, however, children under the age of 6 months are not advised to receive the vaccination unless recommended by a physician.

- Wide variation in influenza coverage was seen across states among children age 6 months to 17 years ranging from 43 percent (Wyoming) to 74.2 percent (Rhode Island) and in adults age 18 years and older from 33.4 percent (Nevada) to 51.1 percent (South Dakota).

Luedtke says this season, health officials are again recommending injectable flu shots over nasal sprays. And the major culprit has been the H3N2 flu strain, which is known for causing severe disease, especially among older people.

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