The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 63 flu-related child deaths in the USA this season.
The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms also set a record - 4,300 - the highest since the Minnesota Health Department began tracking them in 2008. This information, together with surveillance information provided by the CDC, offers important insight into the selection of the next season's vaccine strains and into whether any changes in the vaccine development process need to be made.
As the flu season picked up, some organizations have taken precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Based on these numbers, the answer is yes.
There are now two vaccines that are recommended for some high-risk groups as protection against all kinds of pneumococcal disease, including pneumonia.
The estimates were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"America's scientists and clinicians are gold medalists in health and disease research, and is it is up to the United States to lead the world in the response to the flu", Markey said in a statement. But that's false, according to the CDC.
Alivia Viellieux, a 3-year-old from Muncie, IN, was one of the kids who didn't get a flu vaccine this year. It still provides some protection, it can lessen the illness's severity, keep people out of the hospital, and save lives.
In Massachusetts this week, a 6-year-old Haverhill girl died of complications after being diagnosed with the flu.
"Some of our data shows that we may have peaked here, but it's not unusual for us to have a second wave", Kreidler said. "Everybody should get a vaccine because even when it doesn't work great, it's still a preventative", Solomon said. Other people may have been vaccinated by their doctor or a pharmacist. This year, vaccines are preventing 36% of those illnesses, the report said. One of the largest groups affected are those whose ages range from 18 to 49, making college students one of the most susceptible groups to be affected. That is a huge increase over last year's totals, with only 400 lab confirmed cases during the 2016-2017 flu season.
The low efficacy was not the result of a mistake, CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat said. However, Schuchat said that does not mean that the U.S. is experience a pandemic.
This year's flu season has been particularly brutal.
Hensley encourages residents in the area who have not received the flu shot to still do so. Manufacturers grow flu viruses in chicken eggs.
It's only 25 percent effective against the most common strain circulating this year.