The increase isn't a subtle one either. "Getting more people vaccinated each year will help prevent cases of flu and related hospitalizations and deaths".
Federal officials say the number, which is much higher than normal and the highest in 40 years, came about because last year's flu strain was particularly strong.
I haven't really had the flu. He added, "It's frustrating because it's preventable".
"One hundred and eighty families put a child in the grave a year ago because of a vaccine-preventable infection", Dr. Swanson added.
- As flu season approaches, CDC officials are emphasizing the importance of the flu vaccine, especially considering the severity of the 2017-2018 flu season. When you are sick, keep your distance from others too, and stay home from work, school, and errands. According to CDC data, 74 percent of the 172 pediatric deaths nationwide in 2017-18 involved children who did not receive vaccinations. The most deadly flu season on record remains that of thew 1918 pandemic, when upwards of 500,000 Americans are thought to have died. "Getting the flu shot is about community".
Last year 155 million vaccine dose were administered - with between 163 and 168 million available this year, including nasal spray. Three flu strains were the cause of this past season's outbreak: influenza B, H1N1, and H3N2. "I'm afraid we've also learned that after acute flu, recovery may not be complete". During good years the vaccine can be as high as 60% effective. "As a effect, the accumulating research now shows that there's an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke during the two to four weeks after recovery from acute influenza", said Dr. Schaffner.
The season peaked in early February and it was mostly over by the end of March.
Fatal complications from the flu can include pneumonia, stroke and heart attack.
So far, the Associated Press reports US health officials have denoted the flu that's been detected as a milder strain.
All vaccine options may not be available at all locations, so experts emphasize that people should not wait to get vaccinated if their first choice of vaccine is not available.
The CDC uses mathematical modeling to estimate total flu-related deaths. Workplaces where personnel were required to get their flus shot had the highest vaccination rates at 95% compared to 48% among settings where vaccination was not required, promoted or offered on site. One of the CDC's top recommendations?
"Evidence from a number of pilot schemes in primary schools across England in 2014 to 2015 showed a 94% reduction in GP influenza like illness consultation rates, 74% reduction in A&E respiratory attendances and 93% reduction in hospital admissions due to confirmed influenza in primary school children".