Of those, only 34% had received a flu shot.
In addition to Secretary Carey and Commissioner Oliver, a diverse group of health care stakeholders who are active with Virginia's Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Group strongly urge Virginians to get a flu shot each year to help protect themselves and others.
To improve effectiveness different flu vaccines recommended for different age groups are being introduced this year. The Health Department will again offer the high-dose influenza vaccine this year.
Mann also expressed concern about the rise in hospitalizations related to the flu, pointing out that "in Fond du Lac County alone past year we had more than one-hundred hospitalizations for influenza, including some children".
Staff in adult residential care and nursing homes who have regular contact with residents can have a free NHS flu vaccine at many community pharmacies. Health officials say now is a good time to start thinking about the flu shot. A single flu shot can go a long way in preventing the disease and even a possible fatality.
Flu vaccines between 2016 and 2017 prevented around 5.3 million influenza illnesses, according to the CDC.
"Even healthy people can suffer serious influenza illness, resulting in hospitalization and death", Hayden said.
The Weather Channel's cold and flu tracker now gives Dallas a low SickScore, an index that measures the threat level based on the number of cold and flu reports in the area. People with the flu feel bad.
Classic flu symptoms include aching body, fever, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and extreme sneezing. "Thirty-one percent of the children had no underlying health conditions". The county doesn't track adult deaths linked to the flu.
According to Public Health Sciences Prof. A higher dose of protection in the vaccine is added to give older people a better response and is meant to make it more effective. "Anyone that you know will be around babies you want to make sure they have that flu vaccine", said McNichols.
In the Bluegrass State, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky also has announced a statewide flu prevention campaign, aimed at preventing an epidemic-level flu season like past year, when more than 10,000 people were infected.
"We're pretty excited that we have that many individuals coming in", Abby King, nursing coordinator at Lafene said. Some people may be asked to wait until the most effective vaccine for them is available. Students can get flu shots without an appointment at Lafene Health Center. "The vaccine lessens the number of days you are ill if you do get the flu and also decreases the viral load of the virus, decreasing the spread to others".
The annual NHS Wales Beat Flu campaign is encouraging everyone eligible for flu vaccination to get protected. The flu is especially risky, even deadly, for older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with chronic medical conditions. That's why the CDC suggests vaccinations during October and before the flu season gets in full swing.
There were no flu-related pediatric deaths last season in Winnebago County, said Todd Kisner, director of the Health Department's Center for Health Protection. Several free and low cost clinics are being held this month.