HHS focuses on increased vaccination for new flu season

Ben Ihlow died on September 3 after a week-long battle with the flu leaving behind his wife Samantha and 10-month-old son Andrew

The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 strain, and swapped out the Victoria-lineage B strain with a Yamagata-lineage virus that had been recommended a year ago as the second B strain in quadrivalent vaccine formulations.

The number of public health flu clinics has been reduced this season as more people turn to other means of getting the shot, not the flu.

Flu vaccine rates were stagnant overall in the United States during the 2016-17 season, prompting health officials to urge people to get vaccinated before the unpredictable virus kicks into gear.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price "leads by example" and receives an influenza vaccination from Medstar Visiting Nurse Sharon Walsh-Bonadies during a news conference on September 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out guidelines for who should be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.

Flu season has started, and influenza vaccines are now available. He says getting shots cannot only protect your co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, but also your longevity. Seasonal influenza vaccines are created to protect against the three or four strains that research indicates will be most common in a given year, according to the CDC.

For those with egg allergies, the CDC says people who have experienced only hives after exposure to eggs can get any licensed flu vaccine that is appropriate for their age and health. Vaccines will be provided to children older than 3 and adults only. During the 2016-2017 season, the hospitalization rate was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season and higher across all age groups (cumulative rate for all ages of 62.6/100,000) than the previous eight seasons, with the exception of the 2014-2015 season. "Vaccination can help prevent you or someone you love from becoming sick and missing school or work, or worse, becoming severely ill or being hospitalized from or even dying from flu", said Price. This seasons vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

But too few children and adults get their yearly flu shot, he noted.

Among children age 6 months through 23 months, the vaccination rate was 76.3 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It will be severe and there will always be a flu season". In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older.

Each fall, the KCHD partners with schools and child care facilities to offer flu vaccinations to eligible children.

Luedtke says this season, health officials are again recommending injectable flu shots over nasal sprays.

At their meeting this week in Melbourne, Australia, World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisors today recommended changing two of three components for trivalent vaccines that pharmaceutical companies will produce for the Southern Hemisphere's 2018 flu season.

Related:

  • Star Trek Discovery: Boldly Representing Women Of Color

    Star Trek Discovery: Boldly Representing Women Of Color

    As you may have heard, Star Trek: Discovery is also available to stream on Netflix but not for everybody. We'll share numerous responses we got, but we want to know what you think too.
    West Ham's Slaven Bilic disappointed with Tottenham defeat but praises fighting spirit

    West Ham's Slaven Bilic disappointed with Tottenham defeat but praises fighting spirit

    Tottenham , who had won nine league games in a row before that, had a powerful team and it shouldn't have happened to them. In a reversal of fortunes from most of last season, Spurs more effortlessly show their cutting edge in enemy territory.
    Pressure mounts on FA over Mark Sampson sacking

    Pressure mounts on FA over Mark Sampson sacking

    A safeguarding investigation decided Sampson posed no risk and he was cleared to go on working in football in March 2015.
  • World's Heaviest Woman Eman Adul Atti Dies in Abu Dhabi Hospital

    World's Heaviest Woman Eman Adul Atti Dies in Abu Dhabi Hospital

    An Egyptian woman who was dubbed world's heaviest woman has passed away at a hospital in Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates aged 37. Eman was kept on a strict diet at Abu Dhabi and was being treated for her seizures and severe depression.
    Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton', India's official entry to Oscars 2018, leaked online

    Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton', India's official entry to Oscars 2018, leaked online

    He added, "For now, the fact that " Newton " has been selected as India's official entry is in itself a big deal for me". Rajkummar Rao's Newton has been winning hearts and has managed to impress the audience and the critics alike.
    NEW Jewish NL'ers Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

    NEW Jewish NL'ers Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

    It is taught that Rosh Hashanah has an influence over our whole year, as it is when God decides our fates for the coming year. When is Rosh Hashanah and what time does it start? Last year it was held on October 2 and the date changes each year.
  • Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner Are Suing Blac Chyna for Assault & Battery

    Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner Are Suing Blac Chyna for Assault & Battery

    If that fails, we will go forward with the hearing on September 18 so that the court will impose long-term consequences on Mr. Rob and Kylie are seeking compensation for Rob's injuries, the damage done to Kylie's home, and punitive damages.
    Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

    Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

    The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. After blasting McCain, Trump on Saturday singled out Paul and Murkowski. "We're all in", one senior GOP aide said.
    Death threats as Catalan referendum debate turns ugly

    Death threats as Catalan referendum debate turns ugly

    Legal and judicial associations said Thursday's court protest was an attack on the judiciary's independence and should be ignored. Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras acknowledged that the crackdown had disrupted the referendum plans.
  • Crackdown on Catalonia referendum officials

    Crackdown on Catalonia referendum officials

    Eighteen MSPs expressed "grave concern" at the actions of the Spanish state in a letter to Spain's prime minister. However, the Catalan government maintained on Tuesday that the vote would still take place.
    Gas prices down a month after Harvey closed Gulf refineries

    Gas prices down a month after Harvey closed Gulf refineries

    However, compared to this time past year , Florida drivers are paying 52 cents more for a gallon of gasoline. That's down from $2.37 the same day last week and $2.30 a month ago.
    Vikings' Bradford out against Bucs; Keenum to start again

    Vikings' Bradford out against Bucs; Keenum to start again

    When asked what he's evaluating to decide if can play Sunday, Bradford said if he can't perform in practice, he likely won't play. You can't have penalties that keep drives alive. "You've got to be able to do what the position requires you to do".

Comments

Latest news

Women can now drive in Saudi Arabia
In a separate statement, the government said many senior religious leaders found no, quote, "impediment" in letting women drive. Lifting the driving ban is part of a broader reform underway in Saudi Arabia led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Why Did Trump Delete Tweets Endorsing Luther Strange? To Hide His Embarrassment
In 2016, he ordered state probate judges not to issue same sex-marriage licenses, in defiance of the US Supreme Court's ruling. It was during that rally Trump admitted he "might have made a mistake" with his endorsement.

French politicians fear Siemens strength after rail deal
The second person said Siemens' supervisory board would decide the matter on Tuesday, also describing Alstom as the frontrunner. Alstom has pared back its operations in recent years after selling its power-generation business to General Electric Co.

'Monday Night Football' Ratings Buck NFL Trend & Rise Over Last Week & 2016
It's an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week's game, Atlanta's 34-23 win over Green Bay. Together, the pregame shows on CBS and Fox saw a 19 percent increase compared to past year .

Bali Volcano Eruption May Occur in a 'Matter of Hours'
There are about 41,000 Catholics out of a population of approximately 8.5 million in Bali . Balinese residents, global NGOs and the government have begun organising aid.

Trump points to Iran missile test in criticizing nuke deal
The unveiling by the Revolutionary Guard came during a military parade in Tehran that commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war. Rouhani said that the country will boost its military capabilities, from missiles to ground, air and sea forces.

US Warplanes Fly Near North Korea in "Show of Force", Pentagon Says
The ban also applies to vessels that have done a ship-to-ship transfer with a vessel that has visited North Korea within 180 days. China, responsible for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade, serves as the country's conduit to the worldwide banking system.

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
The 28-year-old's treble last weekend scored him a whopping 30 points, making him Dream Team's player of Game Week 5. The Premier League leaders will be without Ilkay Gundogan for the Palace clash.

North Korea quake might have been explosion
Trump said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies. There have been concerns about the stability of the nuclear test site since the September 3 test.

Rohingyas not refugees because they did not follow due process: Rajnath Singh
Solim Hossain, a 67-year-old refugee, who looked lost among the huge crowd of people, said: "I do not know what to do". Refugee status prapt karne ke liye ek process hota hai aur inmein se kisi ne iss procedure ko follow nahi kia hai.

Chelsea agree to sell Diego Costa to former club Atletico Madrid
Costa has not featured for Chelsea this season, after he was told through text message that he is not in Antonio Conte's plan. Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in July 2014 for 32 million pounds ($41.2 million at the time) on a five-year deal.

Download the iOS 11 now for your iPhone/iPad
With Trim It, Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure tools, you can now use desired functionality without ever needing a third-party app. There are lot more, but these are some of the likely ones you will want to try out after upgrading to iOS 11 .

Eniko Parrish Accepts Kevin Hart's Apology in Alleged Extortion Scandal
Though there have been reports that Hart split from his wife, his pregnant spouse Eniko has been seen wearing her wedding ring. Montia Sabbag , who describes herself as an aspiring actress and model, has hired Lisa Bloom to legally represent her.

Toys R Us Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
So is this the end of Toys "R" Us? The idea is to negotiate with creditors to shed some of the debt, in a restructuring effort. The filing comes just as the retailer is gearing up for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for the bulk of its sales.

Apple Watch Series 3 is plagued by battery issues and LTE problems
Why is Apple Watch Series 3 connecting to unknown WiFi networks? The latest watch also has a bigger focus on fitness and health. While Samsung did have a smartwatch with a modem in it, I could never get it to work well and this model never caught on.

Other news