CDC committee votes to recommend nasal spray flu vaccine again

18 Flu Deaths in Delaware This Season

King serves as a co-sponsor of the Flu Vaccine Act, which officials said backs comprehensive research for a universal influenza vaccine administered once or twice and provides a lifetime of protection.

They say the flu shot has properties that act as if they were blood pressure medication. The highest hospitalization rate is among people 65 years and older, followed by adults aged 50-64 years, and younger children aged 0-4 years.

Get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

The study provides the longest-term look at the vaccines' effect on newborn health, with the babies followed out to 6 months of life, said study author Dr. Lakshmi Sukumaran, a pediatric infectious disease researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spokane County's number of hospitalizations and deaths due to flu have now surpassed numbers seen in the previous two worst flu seasons of 2009-2010, and 2014-2015, making this the worst flu season on record in Spokane County.




"The options are to either not recommend it again for next season, to recommend it for next season or to table the vote and see if they can get in some more data and vote at another meeting later in the summer", Nordlund said.

Flu activity is monitored with a variety of surveillance systems in New Mexico, including a network of 45 outpatient providers throughout the state that report influenza-like illnesses (fever with cough or sore throat) from October through May.

Those numbers though are only for people who went to a doctor to get tested. Antivirals, if started early, can sometimes help reduce the severity and duration of disease.

20, eight children and one pregnant woman were reported to have died as a result of the flu in the state of Tennessee.

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