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Health & FitFewer people got flu vaccines last year, amid deadliest flu season in decades

18:40  29 october  2018
18:40  29 october  2018 Source:   marketwatch.com

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Only about four in 10 U.S. adults got a flu vaccine last year , fewer than last year and in previous years , according The new analysis, which encouraged doctors to recommend and offer flu vaccines , presents a fuller picture of the 2017-2018 flu season , which was the deadliest in four decades .

Fewer adults got the flu shot last season , CDC says. The number of adults who got a flu shot declined last season , which was the deadliest in four decades , according to final estimates from Vaccine coverage for the 2017-18 flu season — when more than 80,000 people died from flu in the

Fewer people got flu vaccines last year, amid deadliest flu season in decades© Getty Images Only about four in 10 U.S. adults got a flu vaccine last year, fewer than last year and in previous years, according to a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new analysis, which encouraged doctors to recommend and offer flu vaccines, presents a fuller picture of the 2017-2018 flu season, which was the deadliest in four decades.

Lower vaccine rates were consistent across adults of many ages, the study found, with vaccine coverage among all adult age groups coming in at the lowest levels in seven flu seasons.

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Flu killed 80,000 people this past season and put 900,000 into the hospital, making it the worst influenza season in decades , the Centers for Disease Control and Other doctors spoke bluntly in saying how so many people got infected and died. “Those 80,000 people who died from flu last year ?

As flu season arrives, older Americans face an increased risk of dying from the virus. Deaths from flu among those 65-plus have spiked, according to CDC More than 12,000 people ages 65 and older died from the disease during the last flu season (starting Oct. 1, 2017). That is more than double the

An estimated 37% of U.S. adults got a flu vaccine in the 2017-2018 flu season, a decline of about 6% from the previous year, according to the CDC.

This year’s flu season has already begun. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated by the end of October; most adults tend to get flu vaccines by the end of November, according to the new study.

Flu vaccines guard against the illness by prompting the creation of protective antibodies in the body. They must be administered each year and are offered everywhere from doctor’s offices to pharmacies, health centers and even many offices.

It generally takes about two weeks post-vaccination for antibodies to develop, according to the CDC.

The flu varies each season in both severity and what type of flu virus is most common. Flu vaccines are designed with that in mind; even so, effectiveness can vary, in part because manufacturers often must figure out what viruses are likely to dominate the year’s flu season as early as January.

The new CDC report estimated flu vaccine coverage based on its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which uses telephone surveys to track health data in all 50 states.

The study had some major limitations, including that respondents self-reported vaccination status, and that response rates declined.

Notably, other government data sources — including other surveys and Medicare claims data — don’t appear to show declines in flu vaccine coverage, the study noted.

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