Concerned that the number of old citizens getting their flu shot is decreasing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The manager of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said that people are not taking the flu seriously. During a joint briefing with the National Foundation for Infectious Illness, he also mentioned that this is a dangerous and unpredictable disease. Moreover, through severe flu seasons, the disease could cause thousands of deaths. While the influenza virus usually causes mild illness in most individuals, the disease is known to generate nearly 100 children deaths a year.
Infectious disease experts along with the CDC consider that there has been a severe drop in seasonal vaccination. The percentage of US people administering their flu shot has decreased by 1.5 percent since last year, reaching 45 percent. However, according to new statistics, the largest drop in vaccination was among individuals aged 50 and older. The vaccination among people between 50 and 64 years old declined by 3.4 percent while among those aged 65 and older, the vaccination rate decreased by 3.3 percent.
Life-threatening complications caused by the flu are usually seen among older citizens who are the most exposed to the disease.
According to the CDC, more than 93 million doses of the flu shot have been distributed to the population while as many as 168 million doses will be available this year.
Although people have started wondering if getting the flu shot too soon could diminish the effect of the vaccine, federal officials advised against anyone waiting. Furthermore, people are also questioning if administering the flu shot each year could wane the effect more quickly. However, the CDC and other similar agencies recommend vaccinating each year.
Although many parents prefer the nasal spray for their children, research is still questioning its effectiveness trying to figure out why this version could be less effective that the vaccine.
There are two new flu shots available this year; one of them is an ‘adjuvant’ which enhance the vaccine’s effectiveness while the other protects against four strains of the virus instead of just three.
Health officials have mentioned that instead of waiting for a particular type of flu shot, individuals should get whatever vaccine is most readily available in their area.
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