About 900,000 people were hospitalized, including many in Tampa Bay.
Experts say early indications suggest that this year's flu season will be milder, but the memory of last winter should still serve as motivation to get the flu shot this fall.
She stressed that for those at risk, flu can be serious and result in complications that can lead to treatment in hospital. Some years are very bad and others less severe. "There is the added possibility of updating other vaccines such as the one against pneumonia at the same time which can not be done elsewhere".
"We hope we'll really get the message out there and get folks vaccinated", Howerton said. Plus, vaccinated people who end up getting sick tend to have less severe illnesses, Bhowmick says. Door County will once again offer quadrivalent vaccines, which is created to protect people from four different viruses.
"Usually it's not almost bad as it would have been had you not gotten the immunization", Davis said, "so it actually lessens the impact on your body".
The cost for adult flu shots, for those 19 years of age and older, at the clinic is $42. But that doesn't mean you can't get it at any point in the season.
Meanwhile, promotions for flu shots are already in full swing.
When a person has the flu vaccination, the viruses injected into the body are not active.
With the services provided by the Health and Wellness Center, obtaining a free vaccination has shown to be the most effective way for beating the flu. The first no-cost clinic day in Pinellas will be October 17.
If you get the flu, the Health Department says stay home from work or school until you are free of fever for 24-hours. The Florida Hospital Centra Care in Carrollwood is offering free shots on Monday.
NHS Forth Valley Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Henry Prempeh said: "Vaccination provides the best defence against flu and getting it early is vital".
According to Frank Esper, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Children's, while improvements made to the nasal vaccine have made it more effective, the flu shot is still the preferred way to go.
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines.
Last years high activity is attributed to a number of factors, the first being the low number of people who were vaccinated.
According to the CDC, a year ago there were 180 pediatric deaths due to influenza, and roughly 80 percent of them were in unvaccinated children. Flu season is broadly considered to be between the months of October and May, with peak outbreaks between December and February.
The GP group said people should speak to their GP practice about how to access the vaccine there. "However, since the future remains unknown, the flu vaccine can help to prevent you from getting a severe case of the flu, even if you've never had it before", said Chang. Thousands are treated. We cant emphasize enough to get the vaccine.