Friday, October 19, 2018

Flu killed 80,000 Americans last year, including 183 children, the CDC reported, so get a a flu shot

I told my readers to "Stay tuned for an update on last season's flu epidemic" at the end of Seeker on the IPCC report and Hot Mess on coral bleaching propose solutions to urgent climate problems.  Here it is, beginning with CBS News asking Will this flu season be as bad as last year's?

The CDC says last winter's flu season was the deadliest in at least four decades. CBS News' Kenneth Craig reports that health officials are urging everyone over the age of 6 months old to get the flu vaccine.
The answer is no, not if people get vaccinated early enough.

Just to reinforce how bad last year's flu epidemic was as well as the importance of getting vaccinated, last week, Healthcare Triage posted The 2017 Flu Killed 80,000 in the US. Get a Flu Shot!

Influenza killed 80,000 people last year in the United States. That is the highest number of deaths since the CDC started keeping records in the 1970s. Help protect yourself and those around you. Get a flu shot!
Returning to the current flu season, CBS News reported Florida child becomes first pediatric flu death this season.

An unvaccinated child from Florida is the first pediatric death of the flu season, officials said. CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss the importance of flu vaccination.
I already plan on getting my flu vaccination at my next doctor's visit.

As bad as the last flu season was, it wasn't the worst ever.  That distinction goes to 1918 Flu Pandemic.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on that pandemic, which occurred 100 years ago.

100 years ago the 1918 influenza pandemic devastated entire communities and took at least 675,000 American lives. It was the most severe pandemic in recent history, sweeping the globe quickly and killing more than 50 million people. This video provides information and background on the 1918 flu pandemic.
Yes, it could be much worse, but it doesn't have to be.

On that cheerful note, stay tuned for a celebration of a celebration of Sweetest Day.

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