In addition to the single day that the vaccinations were offered, the flu clinic was not extensively advertised to students - two emails were sent out, one on September 28 and another on the day of the clinic.
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, and both health systems as well as pharmacists, nursing facilities and many workplaces are making vaccinations readily available. Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate.
The flu vaccine remains the best defence against flu and will be offered to around 2.5 million people this year, including those with health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and children aged two-11.
Even healthy people get the flu, and it can be serious. "Healthcare workers and caregivers are [not only] extra susceptible to the flu, but they are also highly likely to spread the flu to those they're around", Dr. Moore says.
Autumn is here and the nights are drawing in, so it's really important we take the time to look after ourselves - and one of the best things we can do is get the flu jab. Furthermore, students are at an especially higher flu risk due to the shared living spaces and restrooms.
People in Cumbria who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common and this year's vaccination programme is now available across Cumbria to all eligible people.
The Influenza vaccine takes approximately 2-4 weeks to build enough immunity in the body to protect someone against the flu virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu past year. They're recommended by everyone from 6 months old and up.
"It is vital that students receive a seasonal flu shot because it is by far the single most important preventive measure to protect themselves during the flu season", Garcia said. During the 2017-2018 flu season, 391 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina, the most reported during a flu season since adult flu deaths became reportable in the state in 2009. "Antiviral medications that attack the flu virus work best when administered early and speed your path to recovery".
Overall, in the previous year, despite what seems like a low effectiveness rate, the flu shot still managed to cut back on a person's risk of having to go to the doctor's office by 40 percent. That's the thing with influenza.