The new analysis found large regional variations in children's flu vaccine coverage, from a low of 43.2% in Wyoming to a high of 76.2% in Rhode Island. But Minnesota health officials say too many children still remain unvaccinated and vulnerable to serious illness and even death.
The CDC estimates at least 80,000 Americans died of flu-related complications last winter, exceeding the 56,000 deaths that occurred during the 2012-2013 flu season.
They speculate that some people decided that flu vaccines, which are never as effective as most other vaccines even in a good year, aren't worth the effort. It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine - not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu.
According to Webb-Collins, the health department goes beyond the flu shot clinic to reach residents.
It eclipses the estimates for every flu season going back to the winter of 1976-1977. For example, infants do not qualify for a flu shot until they turn 6 months of age. "Today, I am leading by example and getting vaccinated against flu". Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older.
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"One hundred and eighty families put a child in the grave past year because of a vaccine-preventable infection", Dr. Swanson added. "I'm afraid we've also learned that after acute flu, recovery may not be complete".
Listed in the Insights West poll are the three highest-voted reasons as to why people would choose not to get vaccinated. "It's why many people feel wiped out for two weeks after stopping coughing".
The previous flu season was especially deadly to children.
Health officials on Thursday urged healthcare providers to increase the stagnant healthcare worker influenza vaccination rates in the wake of a heavy death toll in the last flu season, which resulted in an estimated 80,000 deaths. "Flu can lead to progressive decline and progressive disability", said Dr. Schaffner. "It can be bad if you haven't been vaccinated".
"Last year it was just a terrible season", Daniel Jernigan, head of the CDC's influenza division, told the media.